Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 35, pp 35027–35033 | Cite as

Yucca schidigera can mitigate ammonia emissions from manure and promote poultry health and production

  • Muhammad Saeed
  • Muhammad Asif Arain
  • Muhammad Naveed
  • Mahmoud Alagawany
  • Mohamed Ezzat Abd El-Hack
  • Zohaib Ahmed Bhutto
  • Marek Bednarczyk
  • Mohib Ullah Kakar
  • Mervat Abdel-Latif
  • Sun Chao
Review Article


Mojave yucca (Yucca schidigera) is widely grown in the deserts. This herb is commercially used because it is rich in saponins and phenolic compounds with antioxidant effect. Y. schidigera or its derivatives are included as nontoxic food supplements, in cosmetics, and in the pharmaceutical industry. Saponins originated from Y. schidigera have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunostimulatory, growth promoter, hypocholesterolemic, and hypoglycemic effects. To date, the key role of Y. schidigera or its products in animal nutrition is to reduce the ammonia content in the atmosphere and fecal odor in poultry excreta. Mitigating ammonia by using this plant could be achieved by the modification of gut microbiota, enhancement in digestion, and absorption of nutrients, leading to a better growth and production performance of animals and poultry. Various methods were applied to mitigate the emission of odor from the litter by different strategies including biofilters, litter treatments, air scrubbers, neutralizing agents, windbreak walls, etc., but these techniques are expensive. This article provides a new insight to scientists and poultry breeders to use Y. schidigera plant or its products as inexpensive and safe sources of a feed supplement to overcome the ammonia and fecal odor problems, as well as reduce environmental pollution in poultry houses.


Ammonia emission Beneficial effects Poultry Steroidal saponins Y. schidigera 



This work was supported by the NSFC (#. 31572365) and Key Sci-tech innovation team of Shaanxi province (#. 2017KCT-24), P.R China. We are thankful to China Postdocs Science Foundation for funding our research scholar (Dr. M. Saeed) his project. Furthermore, all the authors of the manuscript also thank and acknowledge their respective universities and institutes.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Sciences and TechnologyNorthwest A & F UniversityYanglingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Faculty of Veterinary and Animal SciencesLasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine SciencesUthalPakistan
  3. 3.Department of Clinical Pharmacology, School of PharmacyNanjing Medical UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Department of Poultry, Faculty of AgricultureZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt
  5. 5.Department of Animal Biochemistry and BiotechnologyUTP University of Science and TechnologyBydgoszczPoland
  6. 6.Faculty of Marine SciencesLasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine SciencesUthalPakistan
  7. 7.Department of Nutrition and Veterinary Clinical Nutrition, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineDamanhour UniversityDamanhourEgypt

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