Comparison of broiler performance when fed diets containing grain from roundup ready (NK603), yieldgard x roundup ready (MON810 x NK603), non-transgenic control, or commercial corn

Poult Sci. 2003 Mar;82(3):443-53. doi: 10.1093/ps/82.3.443.


Two 42-d experiments compared the nutritional value of the glyphosate-tolerant corn event NK603 (Roundup Ready corn) (experiment 1) and the combined traits, insect-protected corn event MON 810 (YieldGard com) x glyphosate-tolerant corn event NK603 (experiment 2) to their respective non-transgenic controls and to commercial reference corn, when fed to growing broilers. For each experiment, a randomized complete block design was used with eight dietary treatments in each of five replicated blocks of pens (eight pens for males and eight pens for females per block). Final live weights and feed conversion were not different (P > 0.05) across all treatments in both experiments. In experiment 1, broilers fed diets containing Roundup Ready corn had similar feed conversion adjusted for mortalities to those fed the non-transgenic control and one of the commercial corn diets. Chill weights and thigh, drum, and wing weights were not affected by diets. Differences (P < 0.05) were noted for breast meat and fat pad weights across treatments. In experiment 2, the adjusted feed conversion and carcass parameters were not affected by diets. Differences (P < 0.05) were noted only for protein content of breast meat. Differences observed in both experiments were consistent with natural variability. Broilers in general performed consistently and had similar carcass yields and meat compositions when fed diets containing Roundup Ready corn or YieldGard x Roundup Ready corn as compared with their respective non-transgenic control and commercial diets supporting similar feeding values among diets.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / anatomy & histology
  • Animal Feed*
  • Animals
  • Body Weight
  • Chickens / physiology*
  • Diet
  • Drug Tolerance / genetics
  • Female
  • Glycine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Glycine / pharmacology
  • Glyphosate
  • Male
  • Mortality
  • Mycotoxins / analysis
  • Nutritive Value
  • Organ Size
  • Pesticides / analysis
  • Plants, Genetically Modified*
  • Wings, Animal / anatomy & histology
  • Zea mays / chemistry
  • Zea mays / drug effects
  • Zea mays / genetics*


  • Mycotoxins
  • Pesticides
  • Glycine