28 March 2015 | Online since 2003



New era of phytase debated at IPS 2


Incomplete destruction of phytate is compromising the profitability and sustainability of the animal feed industry, according to information presented at the second International Phytase Summit (IPS 2) in December.

Hosted in Rome by AB Vista, the University of Sydney (Australia), University of Maryland (USA), Massey University (New Zealand) and Schothorst Feed Research (The Netherlands), IPS 2 welcomed more than 70 delegates from 18 countries and nearly 50 universities, institutes and companies.

Collectively these delegates account for around a third of all scientific papers published on phytase research in the past few years.


Under the summit’s overarching theme of “optimising the use of phytase”, presentations and open discussions covered a wide range of topics including: the formulation of animal feeds with phytase; the content and nutritional influence of phytate in animal feed; and the use of phytases to destroy phytate.

Many interesting themes emerged, such as how to formulate diets according to animals’ mineral requirements, dietary phytate contents and the effect of phytases.

This led to a discussion about the differences between phytases and their clearly varied abilities to degrade phytate and release minerals and nutrients.

There was also extensive debate about the anti-nutritional effects of phytate and the use of “super doses” of specific phytases to make animal production more efficient by rapidly destroying phytate in the foregut.

Finally, the summit explored the role phytate and phytase play in animal health and welfare, and on the sustainability and efficiency of animal production in general.

Dr Mike Bedford, Research Director, AB Vista, said: "A number of novel and exciting hypotheses were floated at IPS 2, including that phytate may be an enemy in the intestines but desirable in the body. It is clear that research into many new areas is warranted and that not all the benefits of phytase use have been unearthed and explained."

Download



Comments


No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


26 March 2015
Credit Controller/Office Supervisor
SSL Dairies and Food Service is a well-established Dairy Company that operate a Distribution Company delivering to retailers ...

25 March 2015
Part-Time Driver (Term-Time)
We are seeking a part time driver with D1 on their license to work approximately 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday (7am - 9...

25 March 2015
Retail Assistant / Sales Assistant (Supermarket) Part Time
Longbenton, Unit 8 Boulevard Shopping Centre, West Farm Avenue, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE12 8SE....

26 March 2015
Business Development Manager
Based within the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAg. E) Enterprise Team you will manage a portfolio of ente...

26 March 2015
Media Sales Executive - Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
Promoting competitive and socially responsible agriculture and horticulture, we influence policy at the highest levels to ens...




Top stories you may have missed
23 March 2015 | Cattle

UK butchers face difficulties to recruit...

Butchers in the UK are losing a generation through lack of training opportu...


20 March 2015 | Arable

Dust - the secret fertiliser?

NASA research has revealed how dust blown from the Sahara desert helps supp...


19 March 2015 | Arable

The Budget 2015: A Farmer's Budget?

“In the run up to the Budget 2015 most commentators were predicting that th...


17 March 2015 | News

UK's first floating solar power system l...

The UK’s first fully operational floating solar panel system has been unvei...


13 March 2015 | Animal Health

Labour and Conservatives clash over badg...

Axing the badger cull in England and Wales will save more than £120 million...


12 March 2015 | News

Solar could be cheapest energy source by...

By 2025, solar power could become one of the cheapest forms of energy in ma...


11 March 2015 | Finance

English buyers turn their attention to S...

Demand for Scottish farm land remains strong and continues to be better val...


9 March 2015 | Cattle

2020 vision for the Welsh red meat indus...

The Welsh red meat industry should aim to increase sales by at least 34 per...


6 March 2015 | News

MP raises egg industry concerns on trans...

Fears about the impact that a proposed transatlantic trade agreement could ...


Stay safe and legal when flying drones

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Aircraft Systems - or dron...