May 7, 2015


AB Vista: Renewed focus into NSP research by universities and academic bodies




In an effort to better understand non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) enzymes, a number of universities and academic organisations have accelerated research into the complex work of the subject, according to AB Vista.


These efforts came after 25 years of research which have yet to deliver adequate knowledge of the enzymes.


"NSP enzymes have huge potential and can bring real commercial value to the animal production industry, so it's vital to know all we can about them," said Richard Cooper, AB Vista's managing director.


"Since the INSPIRE Forum, NSP research seems to have propelled across the globe. A number of universities have conducted independent studies, which have complemented the projects which we fund ourselves. While there is still more work to be done, we feel closer than ever to understanding these complex enzymes."


The first international INSPIRE Forum was established by AB Vista one year ago to initiate collaboration in addressing industrial research shortcomings. It was hosted by the company on March 31- April 2, 2014, in Pitlochry, Scotland.


Mike Bedford, AB Vista's research director, added: "At the rate of our research, within two years, we expect to have a very good idea about the mode of action of xylanase enzymes. In fact, we are already applying tools discovered from this research to help screen for better-performing NSP products."


"This is really the key reason behind INSPIRE; to research and apply science that brings value commercially to the animal production industry", Bedford said.

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