Advertisement

Information on global poultry, pig and animal feed markets.

Efstratia Papanikou

Efstratia Papanikou, Ph.D., is a plant physiologist with Ariston Nutrition Consulting. She can be reached at epapanikou@ariston-nutrition.com.

ARTICLES

Chemistry of organic acids in antibiotic-free animal diets

There are a great number of available organic acids on the market, and understanding their chemistry is the only way to select the right one for each animal feed.
Despite the widespread use of organic acids, there is still a considerable gap in our knowledge that goes beyond the classic dose-response effect as these compounds require knowledge of basic chemistry before using them correctly.
Read more

5 ways phytogenics improve poultry, pig feed efficiency

Phytogenics are being used with increasing frequency, but many users are still uncertain on what constitutes this additive and its relation with essential oils.
Phytogenics are a family of additives with some considerable history. In fact, phytogenics have been around for a couple of decades under various names: essential oils, plant extracts, botanicals and now, phytogenics.
Read more

The role of fiber in monogastric animal nutrition

Fiber profile is as important as fiber concentration for modern animal nutrition practice.
We are used to considering fiber in terms of crude fiber or other similar quantitative terms, but modern nutritional thinking wants to separate fiber into its functional properties, namely solubility and fermentability.
Read more

Phenolic compounds in animal feeds

A vast family of bioactive compounds, phenolics offer a new potential in animal nutrition.
Phenolic compounds have attracted a great deal of research interest in human nutrition and medicine during the last decade. Nevertheless, animal nutrition still lagged behind in recognizing phenolics as an interesting field of potential feed additives.
Read more

Zinc's future in pig feeds under EU regulations

Zinc is a problem area for regions with intensive densities of animal production, and we should anticipate tighter control over its use and disposal.
Last fall, I was invited to the first EAAP-Animine Academy in Paris, where I had the opportunity to refresh my knowledge on zinc and copper. Here, I am sharing some interesting notes that I believe will help us design better feeds.
Read more

5 things you need to know about functional fibers

Fiber technology is emerging as the new frontier in monogastric animal nutrition, but due to the diverse nature of fibers, there is an increased need to understand their technical aspects before using them in animal feeds.
Fiber technology is emerging as the new frontier in monogastric animal nutrition, but due to the diverse nature of fibers, there is an increased need to understand their technical aspects before using them in animal feeds.
Read more