March 9, 2015


DuPont Danisco to discuss role of feed enzymes on gut health at Avian Gut Health




Dr. Ajay Awati, a senior scientist at the animal nutrition division of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, will present two talks at Avian Gut Health 2015 on how producers in Asia can improve profitability and food safety through healthy nutrition.

On March 10 at 1.50pm Dr. Awati will pose the question "Do enzymes play a role in gut health?".


His presentation will examine: the role that feed additives - and feed enzymes in particular - have played in achieving healthy, profitable performance through improved feed conversion since the 1960s; recent research that shows the negative impact that undigested nutrients have, not only on  the rate at which the bird grows, but also in terms of undesirable shifts in its gut microbiota; the negative effect of production stress on gut microbiota balance and how feed enzymes can address this imbalance; the latest evidence indicating that feed enzymes can not only be used to reduce the amount of undigested substrate in the gut but also to deliver profitability benefits that compare favourably with those achieved through in-feed antibiotic application.

Using feed additives such as enzymes to reduce dependence on in feed antibiotics is also the subject of Dr. Awati's second talk at the Pork Production Summit at 12pm on March 11 at VIV Asia.

In this presentation, entitled "Effects of feed additives beyond performance: vital pieces of the profitability jigsaw in an era of reduced antibiotic growth promoter usage", he will again look at the impact of diet, production stress and other factors on gut health. He will then point to new research conducted in Asia that shows how feed enzymes - in combination with other additives such as essential oils - can enhance producer profitability while reducing dependence on in-feed antibiotics.

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