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Table 3 Alpha diversity indices of rectal bacterial communities in weaned piglets

From: Effects of Clostridium butyricum on growth performance, metabonomics and intestinal microbial differences of weaned piglets

   Treatmentsa   
Item NC PC CB P-value
OTUs 293.00 ± 45.53b 292.67 ± 49.22b 386.00 ± 18.08a 0.046
Coverage, % 99.85 ± 0.02 99.82 ± 0.04 99.84 ± 0.02 0.523
Shannon 3.69 ± 0.33 3.70 ± 0.30 4.19 ± 0.13 0.107
ACE 318.21 ± 42.67b 323.38 ± 53.71b 408.63 ± 19.60a 0.062
Chao 321.21 ± 38.30b 332.74 ± 59.09ab 409.18 ± 22.09a 0.087
  1. a Piglets were fed different diets. NC, negative control, control diet; PC, positive control, control diet + 0.1 g/kg antibiotic (colistin sulphate); CB, control diet + 5 × 108 CFU/kg of C. butyricum. Values are represented as mean ± SD (n = 3), and the variant letter in the same row indicated significant difference when P < 0.05