Developing improved animal nutrition products with AB Vista
AB Vista is the world’s third largest feed enzyme business, offering technological solutions that improve animal nutrition in a near $1 billion per annum industry. The company has been working with UEA for over five years, commissioning more work with us than with any other university in the world.
Dr Charles Brearley and colleagues from the Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemistry have been working with AB Vista to provide an understanding of the benefits of enzyme (phytase) adjuncts to animal feed and to engineer ‘next generation’ enzymes for the industry, demonstrating their efficacy in carefully controlled animal feed trials.
Phytate is the major source of phosphate found in the grains, oil seeds and beans of common animal feeds. In non-ruminant animals such as pigs and chickens the endogenous gut enzymes have a limited ability to digest dietary phytate, limiting release of phosphate. Consequently, phytate is left behind and this is itself deleterious to animal nutrition because it interferes with protein digestion and micronutrient uptake. To make matters worse, undigested phytate can also lead to serious environmental pollution.
One solution to this problem is to engineer more efficient phytases and add them to their feed to increase the breakdown of phytate. In fact, 90% of the pig and poultry feeds manufactured worldwide include enzyme adjuncts.
Dr Brearley and his team are recognized by AB Vista as the academics with the skill set, research reputation and leadership skills to deliver research that meets their needs, enabling the company to extend its global footprint and reach.