The 2022 Adisseo Research Grant went to 3 collaborative research projects, all aimed to solve major feed challenges.From the proposals that were sent in, the international Scientific Committee selected the following three winners who received the award at the World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, France.
Apart from a positive impact on sustainability, the proposed research projects for this year were judged on their contribution to nutritional evaluation of new raw materials and/or alternatives to medication: nutrition for resilience.
Adisseo is committed to have a long-term implication in research and is fully involved to find sustainable and meaningful innovations in animal nutrition field.
Thus, Adisseo decided to support research by launching a Research Grant. The objective is to offer up to 1M€ to collaborative projects addressing key feed industry challenges.
The proposed research projects should be innovative and collaborative, clearly based on complementary approaches, and aiming to unlock scientific & technical challenges. They should be on pre-competitive topics and not comparing solutions efficacy. The targeted species are swine and poultry.
Enhancing the sustainability of animal protein production is a major challenge for the future of our planet. The proposed research projects must investigate nutritional strategies or concepts contributing at their scales to reduce the environmental footprint of animal production or improve animals’ welfare.
Apart from a positive impact on sustainability, the proposed research projects should focus on the two following feed industry challenges:
The use of by-products from the agri-food industry, local raw materials and alternative feedstuffs is of primary importance to reduce the environmental footprint of feed formula. A right and quick profiling of raw materials beyond corn, wheat, soybean meal, DDGS, must be performed to define their nutritional value for poultry and swine, their antinutritional constraints and limits to enable their optimal incorporation in feed formulation. To facilitate the use of those raw materials, quick and easy methodologies should be developed to assess the quality of raw materials including their impact on animal welfare, performance and health.
Better welfare and fewer antibiotics are key for sustainable farming and are matching end-consumer expectations. This feed industry challenge is about identifying strategies for restoring animal performance without medication using a nutritional strategy. The scientific investigations could be based on studies of the nutritional requirements that could change when medications are reduced. The identification of new nutritional approaches and their impact on animal resilience, for example, the means to avoid Salmonella contamination is of interest. In pig production, the management of antibiotic reduction and the usage of trace elements (zinc, copper) are key issues to guarantee healthy pigs.
In addition to funding, the selected projects will be supported by our scientific committee throughout the duration of the research program.