The inaugural Inspire: International Non-Starch Polysaccharide (NSP) Forum addressing the development and use of NSP enzymes in animal nutrition is set to take place between March 31 and April 2 in Pitlochry, Scotland. The Inspire Forum will bring together leading academic and industry experts in NSP enzymes.

Sponsored by AB Vista, a leading global supplier of micro-ingredients to the animal feed industry, the Inspire Forum 2014 offers three days of sessions featuring technical presentations and discussion workshops.

The format of the meeting will be interactive, with intervals that will allow time to summarize key messages and encourage open discussions.

Session 1 - The substrate story


  • Introduction - Richard Cooper, AB Vista, UK
  • Cellulose synthesis in higher plants - Dr. Staffan Persson, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Cereal cell wall structure from a botanical perspective; microscopy - Dr. Joran Verspreet, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Fiber and xylanases in baking - Stan Cauvain, BakeTran, UK
  • New understandings in measurements of fiber relevant to human health - Dr. Per Aman, Swedish University of Agricultural Science

Session 2 - The fiber debate

  • The role of soluble and insoluble fiber as an ANF; Viscosity and caging effect with main focus on broilers - Prof. Hank Classen, Saskatoon, Canada
  • What does the fiber fraction mean for swine? - Prof. John Patience, Iowa State University
  • What are the unique benefits of fiber cross species? - Dr. Knud Erik Bach Knudsen, Aarhus Universitat, Denmark
  • Impact of fiber on the gut microbiota and performance - Dr. Juha Apajalahti, Alimetrics, Finland
  • Feed, fiber and enzymes modify necrotic enteritis - Prof. Ed Moran, Auburn University

Session 3 - Examining enzyme solutions

  • Historical commercial drivers of enzyme use - Dr. Hadden Graham, AB Vista, UK
    Variation in enzyme characteristics and efficacy in xylanases - Dr. Kim Langfelder, AB Enzymes, Germany
  • The role of soluble and insoluble fiber as an ANF - Prof. Mingan Choct, University of New England, Australia
  • Oligosacchardies produced with the use of enzymes … What are their benefits to health? - Dr. Christophe Courtin, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Influence of fermentation on gut hormones and consequences - the PYY story? - Dr. Nell Masey O'Neill, AB Vista, UK
  • Efficacy of feed enzymes - Consistency and dose - Dr. Usama Aftab, AB Vista, UK
  • Efficacy of feed enzymes - Hens and breeders - Prof Sanna Steenfeldt, Aarhus Universitat, Denmark
  • Efficacy of enzymes and interaction with cereal quality - Dr. Maria Francesch, IRTA, Spain
  • Efficacy of enzymes, interaction with others, protease, phytase - Dr. Mike Bedford, AB Vista, UK
  • Next generation solutions - Richard Cooper, AB Vista, UK