TABLE 2.

Mean numbers of total cells and L. thermotolerans cells in chicken feces as determined by DAPI staining (total cells) and by real-time PCR (L. thermotolerans)

TrialDaynTotal cells/g of fecesL. thermotolerans
Cells/g of feces% of total cells
1454.0 × 1011 (2.0 × 1011)a3.7 × 104 (4.7 × 104)9.2 × 10−6
1153.4 × 1011 (2.4 × 1011)5.8 × 105 (11.8 × 105)1.7 × 10−4
1851.3 × 1011 (1.6 × 1011)2.2 × 105 (1.8 × 105)1.6 × 10−4
2752.8 × 1011 (4.7 × 1011)2.4 × 109 (4.1 × 109)8.5 × 10−1
2131.6 × 1011 (1.5 × 1011)2.4 × 106 (3.9 × 106)1.5 × 10−3
752.0 × 1011 (1.2 × 1011)6.2 × 106 (4.8 × 106)3.1 × 10−3
1458.5 × 1010 (6.2 × 1010)3.9 × 107 (4.0 × 107)4.5 × 10−2
2131.3 × 1011 (1.1 × 1011)2.0 × 107 (6.2 × 107)1.5 × 10−2
  • a The values in parentheses are standard deviations.