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Phytic Acid and Mineral Metabolism in Poultry


THE possible parts played by phytic acid in the mineral metabolism of poultry have received surprisingly little study. Recently Lowe, Steenbock and Krieger1 have directed attention to the significance of this subject, and have shown that, with diets where addition of phytin failed to improve calcification, the addition of the same amount of phosphorus as disodium hydrogen phosphate improved calcification.

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    Lowe, J. T., Steenbock, H., and Krieger, C. H., Poultry Sci., 18, 40 (1939).

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    Lowe, J. T., and Steenbock, H., Biochem. J., 30, 1991 (1936).

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    Knowles, F., Watkin, J. E., and Hendry, F. W. F., J. Agric. Sci., 23, 197 (1933).

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COMMON, R. Phytic Acid and Mineral Metabolism in Poultry. Nature 143, 379–380 (1939).

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