Asahi Group. has filed a patent for an agent or composition containing Lactobacillus plantarum cells to prevent enteritis, suppress inflammation, improve feed efficiency, and combat enteric viruses in birds. The patent aims to enhance bird health and productivity through probiotic intervention. GlobalData’s report on Asahi Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Asahi Group, Lactobacilli-based drug compositions was a key innovation area identified from patents. Asahi Group's grant share as of January 2024 was 21%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Agent or composition with lactobacillus plantarum for bird health

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Asahi Group Holdings Ltd

The patent application (Publication Number: US20230398159A1) discloses an agent or composition containing viable or dead cells of a specific Lactobacillus plantarum strain (International Accession No. NITE BP-03418) as an active ingredient. This agent or composition is designed to suppress infection with enteric viruses in birds, prevent enteritis, suppress inflammation due to enteritis, and address issues like decreased feed conversion efficiency or body weight loss in birds affected by enteritis caused by enteric viruses, particularly necrotic enteritis.

Furthermore, the patent application includes methods for utilizing the agent or composition to achieve the desired outcomes in birds, such as suppressing infection with enteric viruses, preventing enteritis, suppressing inflammation, and addressing decreased feed conversion efficiency or body weight loss. The application also mentions the inclusion of bacteria from the genus Bacillus, specifically Bacillus subtilis or Bacillus coagulans, in the composition. The methods outlined in the patent application can be particularly beneficial for chicken farming operations, as indicated by the specific mention of chickens in some of the claims. Overall, the patent application aims to provide a solution for improving bird health and productivity in the face of enteric virus infections and associated conditions.

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