Livestock

Oregano powder shows promise as a way to cut antibiotic use in farm animals

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Oregano powder may one day help reduce the use of antibiotics in farm animals, with Australian research showing it has a mild effect on the bacteria grown in the lab from chickens’ guts.

There is a global trend to try and remove antibiotics from animal feed in an attempt to reduce antibiotic resistance that could effect human health.

The researches tested a one per cent mix of oregano powder on bacteria grown from the digestive tract of meat chickens.

They found the powder selectively targeted certain bacterial groups, especially reducing Streptococcus.

The researchers say it may have beneficial influences on mixed bacterial communities.

Source: PLOS ONE