Our Products Improve Livestock Farming and Aquaculture
Proteon’s bacteriophage products have the potential of modulating the gut microbiota and immune functions. Phages target and inactivate specific bacterial pathogens what creates space for proliferation of the beneficial microflora, hence prevents dysbiosis, improves balance and overall gut health.
The integrity of the delicate equilibrium between the host, intestinal microbiota, intestinal environment, and dietary components is crucial to gut health. This balance can be influenced by gut inadequate development, infections, feed quality, temperature, ventilation, brooding conditions, water quality, and other environmental factors.
The majority of gut health disorders stay undetected since they are rarely reflected in clinical symptoms, however even subclinical levels of pathogenic bacteria can disturb the gut microbiome balance and weaken the animal’s health. As a disease develops and progresses, it can become all-consuming and uncontrollable, resulting in low productivity and high mortality rates.
A healthy gastrointestinal systems in livestock animals can help achieving optimal production of meat or eggs. Intestine is responsible for digestion and absorption, but it also plays a vital role in regulating immunological responses. Microbiome is one of the most important elements of the intestine.
Microbiota is defined as a community of microorganisms mostly comprised of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Maintaining the appropriate diversity and balance of the gut microbiota is vital to its proper functioning and protection of the organism against illnesses. Any alterations of the natural microflora balance, for instance by antibiotic application, disrupts the integrity of the intestinal walls and as a consequence can result in the development of acute disease symptoms. When gut health is disrupted, it also compromises nutrient absorption and digestive system. This has an immense impact on animal health, feed consumption and conversion that contribute to economic losses.