June 16, 2020


China launches high-protein corn breeding for animal feed


The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences has introduced a scheme to facilitate the breeding of high-protein corn varieties and encourage a positive development of animal husbandry, Xinhua reported.


Corns are used as raw material of animal feed, and their nutritional quality directly affects the yield and quality of livestock and poultry products.


To develop high-quality corn varieties as livestock feed, the programme will focus on high-protein corns by creating germplasm resources, utilising molecular-design breeding and evaluating nutritional value. It will also introduce cultivation demonstration projects and design new animal-feed formula.


The programme is expected to improve the nutritional quality of animal feed and reduce the use of soybean meal in animal feed, which will promote the high-quality development of China's seed industry and animal husbandry industry, according to the academy.