Global animal nutrition firm BIOMIN has announced the official opening of a new research lab which will sustainably strengthen and improve the gut health of livestock.

The work will be conducted in cooperation with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and BOKU University in Austria.

The new Christian Doppler Laboratory for Innovative Intestinal Health Concepts in Livestock will operate with a planned budget of EUR4.7 million (US$5.3 million) for up to seven years. It receives backing from BIOMIN and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW).

"We're looking to take the knowledge of gut health to the next level, and to infuse those findings into further cutting-edge solutions that deliver value to clients by supporting healthy animals," said Dr. Gerd Schatzmayr, research director of the BIOMIN Research Center.

The Christian Doppler Laboratory applies advanced nutrition science, integrative gut models and cutting-edge "-Omics" technologies aiming to advance knowledge and discover tools that will lead to sustainable enhancement of gut and systemic health in cattle and pigs.

"To achieve this fundamental goal, we have designed a multi-stage research approach. It is based on complementary in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo intestinal models and should methodically close knowledge gaps in the field of intestinal health," explained Prof Qendrim Zebeli, head of the lab and the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Materials of Vetmeduni Vienna.

"Through global partnerships with research organisations such as the Christian Doppler Research Association, we are well placed to conduct pure and applied research to enhance food security and make livestock rearing more sustainable," said Dr. Eva Maria Binder, chief research officer and director of executive board at ERBER Group. Dr. Binder serves as a deputy chair of the Christian Doppler Research Association's scientific board.

The opening ceremony for the lab was held on March 21, followed by a symposium on animal gut health. The laboratory includes a main module on the campus of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and an external module at the IFA-Tulln of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU).

"Healthier livestock and less use of antibiotics through innovation in the field of life sciences - here once again shows that the cooperation of companies and science brings benefits for all involved," said Dr Margarete Schramböck, Austrian Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs.

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