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Silicon: An Essential Element for the Chick

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Science  10 Nov 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4061, pp. 619-621
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4061.619

Abstract

Silicon is required for normal growth and development in the chick when a low silicon diet is fed in a trace element controlled environment. Day-old deutectomized cockerels fed a purified amino acid diet showed significantly retarded growth and development within 2 to 3 weeks. Chicks fed the same diet plus a silicon supplement showed 50 percent higher growth and normal development. Silicon meets the criteria for an essential trace element.

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