January 15, 2015


University of Nottingham collaborates with Zoetis to improve swine feed efficiency

The University of Nottingham has secured funding from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) of the UK to undertake a project with Zoetis to improve feed efficiency in pig farming.


The four-year project builds on an ongoing partnership between The University of Nottingham and Zoetis and will focus on studies to help maximise muscle growth and improve the health of pig herds on farms. Funding for the research initiative will be in excess of £800k, including the contribution from Zoetis.


The project will bring together the muscle growth and metabolism expertise of Dr. Tim Parr and Dr. John Brameld, both from the University's School of Biosciences , the pig muscle cell culture specialisms of Dr. Paul Loughna in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and the whole body physiology skills of Professor Fran Ebling in the School of Life Sciences.


It is also anticipated that staff from The University of Nottingham and Zoetis will spend time working within each other's laboratories, increasing opportunities for the exchange of knowledge, technology and expertise.


(£1 = US$1.52)

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