October 15, 2015


DuPont highlights recent progress in feed enzyme research at AFMA 2015




Dr. Luis Romero, Global Innovation Leader at DuPont Industrial Biosciences' animal nutrition division, talked Thursday, October 14, at the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA) Symposium 2015 on how recent research findings on interactions between exogenous enzymes and various feed substrates can be used to predict more consistent animal performance benefits.


Dr. Romero, whose background spans biotechnology research and development, production economics and commercial poultry production, covered the following in his talk:


* Progress in the characterization of raw material substrates, particularly phytate, a powerful anti-nutrient that is degraded by phytase in the gastrointestinal tract of chickens to a greater or lesser degree depending on the phytase source and dose.


* Recent research which clarifies the contributions made by amylases and proteases to starch, fat and protein digestibility-over and above those made by xylanase and cellulases—and prebiotic effects of certain enzymes.


* The importance of factors such as animal age in choosing the ideal combination of enzymes to improve digestion and gut health.


* How combining multi-enzyme combinations such as xylanase, amylase and protease with Bacillus spp probiotics can improve the consistency of the response to these enzymes, both in challenge and non-challenge situations.


"The science of feed enzymes continues to reach ever-higher levels of sophistication," said Johan Jansen-Storbacka, Regional Industry Leader-EMEA for DuPont Industrial Biosciences. "Significant strides have been made that improve our ability to create enzyme and other gut health solutions that deliver results with greater predictability, and we are excited about what that will mean for our customers".


The presentation was open to registered attendees of AFMA Symposium 2015. A copy of the presentation is available upon request. Any interested person may send his or her name, job title, company name and the name of the presentation he/she wants to receive to info@animalnutrition.dupont.com.


Danisco Animal Nutrition (animalnutrition.dupont.com), a business subsidiary of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, helps animal producers around the world maximise the return on their feed investment, improve liveability and tackle environmental and sustainability challenges through the delivery of optimised enzyme, betaine and probiotic feed solutions. The company is also part of DuPont (www.dupont.com), which has become one of the most innovative and admired biotechnology organisations in the world.
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