Using enzymes to break down compounds in plant-based feedstuffs that impair digestion and metabolism in nursery pigs is being funded by a $100,000 Collaborative Funding Grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. This grant was awarded to BioResource International Inc. (BRI) to help harness the natural power of enzymes to develop sustainable solutions that help feed the world.

NCBiotech's Collaborative funding grant program supports university-company partnerships that advance a company's technology to the marketplace. BRI is collaborating with North Carolina State University professor Dr. Sung Woo Kim, who will lead a project that will provide a feeding strategy to increase the use of plant-based feedstuffs in nursery pig diets and reduce the use of animal-based feedstuffs. This will lead to a reduction in feed cost and meat safety concerns in pig farming.

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"We are very grateful for the support from the Collaborative Funding Grant. We hope that information derived from research supported by this grant will ultimately help address some of the specific needs and concerns of pig farmers in North Carolina and around the world," said Giles Shih, BRI CEO. "We are excited about the opportunity for enzymes to provide pig farmers with an economically and environmentally sustainable solution to raise their hogs."