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Department of Animal Sciences
The Robert H. Smith Faculty
of Agricultural, Food & Environment

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

P.O. Box 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Phone: +972-(0)8-9489119;
Fax: +972-(0)8-9465763;
Yael Lewitus, Department's Secretary

List of Publications







  • Cheled-Shoval SL, Gamage NS, Amit-Romach E, Forder R, Marshal J, Van Kessel A, Uni Z.2014. Differences in intestinal mucin dynamics between germ-free and conventionally reared chicken after mannan-oligosaccharide supplementation. Poultry Sci. 93(3):636-44.
  • Yadgary L, Wong EA, Uni Z. 2014. Temporal transcriptome analysis of the chicken embryo yolk sac. BMC Genomics. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-690.
  • Avni D, Hendriksma HP, Dag A, Uni Z, Shafir S. 2014. Nutritional aspects of honey bee-collected pollen and constraints on colony development in the eastern Mediterranean. J Insect Physiol.. 69: 65-73.
  • Cheled-Shoval SL, Behrens M, Meyerhof W, Niv MY, Uni Z. 2014. Perinatal administration of a bitter tastant influences gene expression in chicken palate and duodenum. J Agric Food Chem..In press.


  • Oliveira J. E, Druyan S, Z. Uni, Ashwell C. M and P. R. Ferket. 2013. Metabolic profiling of late-term turkey embryos by microarrays. Poultry Sci. 92(4):1011-28.
  • Yair R., Shahar R and Uni Z. 2013. Prenatal nutritional manipulation by in ovo enrichment influences bone structure, composition and mechanical properties. J. Animal Sci. 91(5):5548.
  • Yadgary L., O. Kedar, O. Adepeju, and Z. Uni. 2013. Changes in yolk sac membrane absorptive area and fat digestion during chick embryonic development. Poultry Sci. 92(6):1634-1640







  • Uni Z. 2007. Physiological dynamics at the intestinal brush border. In: Nutritional Biotechnology in feed and food industries. T.P. Lyons, K.A. Jacques and J.M. Hower, eds. Nottingham University Press, UK.
  • Hakim Y., Rowland S.J., Guy J.A., Mifsud C., Uni Z. and Harpaz S. 2007. Effects of genetic strain and holding facility on the characteristics of alkaline phosphatase and brush border enzymes in silver perch (Bidyanus bidyanus). Aquaculture Res. 38:361-72.
  • Foye O., Ferket P. and Uni Z. 2007. Ontogeny of energy and carbohydrate utilization of precocial avian embryos and hatching. Avian Poultry Biol. Rev. 18(3):93-101.
  • Rozenboim I., Tako E., Gal-Garber O., Proudman J.A. and Uni Z. 2007. The effect of heat stress on ovarian function of laying hen. Poultry Sci. 86(8):1760-5


  • Uni Z. 2006. Early development of small intestinal function. In: Avian Gut Function in Health and Disease. G.C. Perry, ed. Carfax Publishing Co., Abingdon, UK.
  • Tibaldi E., Hakim Y., Uni Z., Tulli F., de Francesco M., Luzzana U. and Harpaz, S. 2006. Effects of the partial substitution of dietary fish meal by differently processed soybean meals on growth performance, nutrient digestibility and activity of intestinal brush border enzymes in the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Aquaculture 261:182-93.
  • Foye O.T., Uni Z., McMurtry J.P. and Ferket P.R. 2006. The effects of amnionic nutrient administration, "in ovo feeding" of arginine and/or beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) on insulin-like growth factors, energy metabolism and growth in turkey poults. Int. J. Poultry Sci.5(4):309-317.
  • Foye O., Ferket P. and Uni Z. 2006. Effect of in ovo feeding egg white protein, beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB), and carbohydrates on glycogen status and neonatal growth of turkeys. Poultry Sci. 85:1185-92.
  • Amit-Romach E., Reifen R. and Uni Z. 2006. Mucosal function in rat jejunum and ileum altered by induction of colitis. Int. J. Mol. Med. 18(4):721-27.
  • Hakim Y., Uni Z., Hulata G. and Harpaz S. 2006. Relationship between intestinal brush border enzymatic activity and growth rate in tilapias fed diets containing 30% or 48% protein. Aquaculture 257:420-8.
  • Fasina Y.O., Classen H.L., Garlich J.D., Black B.L., Ferket P., Uni Z. and Olkowski A. 2006. Response of turkey poults to soybean lectin levels typically encountered in commercial diets. 2. Effect on intestinal development and lymphoid organs. Poultry Sci. 85:870-7.
  • Smirnov A., Tako E., Ferket P. and Uni Z. 2006. Mucin gene expression and mucin content in the chicken intestinal goblet cells is affected by in ovo feeding of carbohydrates. Poultry Sci. 85: 669-73.


  • Tako E., Ferket P. and Uni Z. 2005. Changes in chicken intestinal zinc exporter (ZnT1) mRNA expression and small intestine functionality following an intra amniotic zinc-methionine (ZnMet) administration. J. Nutr. Biochem. 16:339-46.
  • Uni Z., Ferket P., Tako E. and Kedar O. 2005. In ovo feeding improves energy status of late term chicken embryos. Poultry Sci. 84:764-70.
  • Smirnov A., Perez R., Amit-Romach E., Sklan D. and Uni Z. 2005. Mucin dynamics and microbial populations in chicken small intestine are changed by dietary probiotic and antibiotic growth promoter supplementation. J. Nutr. 135:187-92.


  • Uni Z. and Ferket P.R. 2004. Methods for early feeding and their potential. World Poultry Sci. J. 60:101-11.
  • Tako E., Ferket P.R. and Uni Z. 2004. Effects of in ovo feeding of carbohydrates and beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate on the development of chicken intestine. Poultry Sci. 83:2023-8.
  • Amit-Romach E., Sklan D. and Uni Z. 2004. Microflora ecology of the chicken intestine using 16S ribosomal DNA primers. Poultry Sci. 83:1093-8.
  • Smirnov A., Sklan D. and Uni Z. 2004. Mucin dynamics in the chick small intestine are altered by starvation. J. Nutr. 134:736-42.


  • Uni Z., Tako E., Gal-Garber O. and Sklan D. 2003. Morphological, molecular, and functional changes in the chicken small intestine of the late-term embryo. Poultry Sci. 82:1747-54.
  • Gal-Garber O., Mabjeesh S.J., Sklan D. and Uni Z. 2003. Nutrient transport in the small intestine: Na+, K+-ATPase expression and activity in the small intestine of the chicken as influenced by dietary sodium. Poultry Sci. 82:1127-33.
  • Sklan D., Geyra A., Tako E., Gal-Gerber O. and Uni Z. 2003. Ontogeny of brush border carbohydrate digestion and uptake in the chick. Brit. J. Nutr. 89:747-53.


  • Uni Z., Smirnov A. and Sklan D. 2002. Pre- and posthatch development of goblet cells in the broiler small intestine: effect of delayed access to feed. Poultry Sci. 82:320-7.
  • Geyra A., Uni Z., Gal-Garber O., Guy D. and Sklan D. 2002. Effect of fasting on Cdx gene expression during small intestinal development in the chick. J. Nutr. 132:911-7.