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T-00356: Soybean Glyceollins as an Alternative to Antibiotics

Background: Post-weaning gut infection is a major risk for animal health. Conventionally, this problem has been addressed by wide and often overly use of antibioticsin the animals. There is no current remedy for post-weaning gut infection in the organic or non-antibiotic treatment of animals and the mortality caused by this problem alone has the ability to cause large losses for animal producers. Therefore, a natural and effective method of treating post-weaning gut infection would have a great market potential for animal health.

Description: Glyceollin is a natural compound found in soybean that has been shown to have anti-microbial and anti-oxidant activities and other health benefits. SDSU researchers have found a formulation to increase the glyceollin content in soybean to an ideal level and ratio so that it can be used as animal feed to increase the gut health in post-weaning livestock. This novel application of glyceollin can greatly improve the survival rate of post-weaning livestock and thus drastically reduce the cost of organic meat production.

Advantages: Glyceollin is a natural product found in soybean. There are no artificial ingredients involved in inducing the glyceollin-enriched soybean. It’d be the first practical and natural method in controlling post-weaning gut infection in livestock.