December 6, 2018
Lallemand shares potentials of probiotics at microbes conference
Lallemand Animal Nutrition recently took part in the 7th Beneficial Microbes Conference, which gathered international scientists to share research on beneficial microbes that support the health and well-being of both humans and animals.
Several studies presented by university professors featured some of Lallemand Animal Nutrition strains and solutions in species ranging from swine and poultry to honeybees. Frédérique Chaucheyras-Durand, Ph.D., research manager for Lallemand Animal Nutrition, has been a member of the conference advisory committee since the early days.
On November 27, she co-chaired a session on "Pre- and probiotics, animals and animal models."
"From the very first edition of the conference in 2010, we have seen an amazing increase in diversity – which is always a very good trend for digestive microbial ecologists," Chaucheyras-Durand said.
"Diversity in the type of targeted animals (from livestock animals to companion animals to honeybees), in the type of microbiomes studied in the gut (from bacteriome, to archaeome, mycobiome or virome), in the type of beneficial solutions (from single strains of probiotic lactic acid bacteria to strict anaerobes or complex microbial consortia and combinations, prebiotics or post/parabiotics), in the type of measured benefits (from performance to pathogen resistance, gut barrier, immune system, behavior and welfare), and also in the methods or models developed to address microbiota-gut-probiotic interactions (germ-free animals, in vitro digestion systems and omic techniques). [There is a] very rich playground for innovative discovery and for the development of future solutions to improve animal health in a sustainable way."
For the "Probiotics as key elements of nutritional strategies targeting broiler gut function and health in the post-antimicrobial growth promoter era" presentation, Dr. Konstantinos Mountzouris from the Department of Nutritional Physiology and Feeding (Agricultural University of Athens in Greece) mentioned positive results obtained with Saccharomyces cerevisiaevar. boulardii CNCM I-1079 in regards to broiler performance and health.
Dr. Hicham El Alaoui from Laboratoire Microorganismes (Génome et Environnement, Université Clermont Auvergne in France) presented his team's research on the preservation of honeybees' health with Lallemand probiotic strain during the presentation "A Pediococcus strain to the rescue of honeybees in decreasing Nosema ceranae induced adverse effects."
Dr. Christine Leterrier from the Physiology of Reproduction and Behaviour Research unit at INRA (France) presented forward-looking research in a session ("Influence of the microbiota-gut-brain-axis on emotional behaviour in quails") dedicated to probiotic modulation of the microbiota-gut-brain axis. She revealed the most recent data which showed that birds' microbiota modulation using probiotic bacteria Pediococcus acidilactici MA18/5M from hatching positively influenced their memory.
Finally, during the "Development of an in vitro model of intestinal dysbiosis in post-weaning piglets" presentation," Raphaële Gresse used a poster to describe the validation and application of an in vitro piglet gut model in order to study post-weaning dysbiosis in swine. This component of the presentation was developed in a partnership between UMR MEDIS (INRA-University of Clermont Auvergne) and Lallemand.
The conference is an illustration of the broad - and still untapped - potential for probiotic applications in all aspects of animal nutrition and well-being, Lallemand said.
It also serves as a mark of Lallemand Animal Nutrition's position in the understanding and managing of gut microbiota ecosystems in all animal species.