The Poultry Science Association’s Annual Meeting will see AB Vista present a wide-ranging suite of abstracts, bringing fresh insights across a number of key topics relating to feed analysis and formulation.

The research, to be presented at the meeting from July 15-18 in Montreal, Canada, covers NIR analysis and the role of enzymes such as phytase, xylanase and beta-glucanase in improving performance, profits and sustainability.

As part of the program, Dr. Mike Bedford, Research Director at AB Vista, will explore opportunities to optimize the performance of an exogenous enzyme by applying the most challenging matrix, whilst maintaining performance. Dr. Bedford will be discussing the importance of evaluating enzyme matrices over a significant number of trials, in order to minimize the likelihood of a failure in performance delivery.

Dr. Bedford explains the research AB Vista has done in this area to develop the company’s own enzyme application strategies:


“This topic could not be more relevant as we have conducted extensive research to determine the effect of targeted enzyme application to degrade both phytate and NSP, reducing the anti-nutritive effects of both substrates. This research has yielded a revolutionary enzyme application called ‘Maximum Matrix Nutrition’ – or MMN - which aims for maximum phytate breakdown whilst reducing viscosity and increasing fiber fermentability. MMN has been demonstrated to improve nutrient utilization delivering a significant improvement in amino acids, minerals and energy, meaning diets can be formulated with higher nutrient credits for feed cost savings.”

As the maximum nutrient credit that could be considered when using enzymes will depend on the characteristic of the diet, AB Vista is also presenting new developments in NIR, with insights into reactive lysine and amino acid availability in soybean. Dr. Tiago Santos, Technical and Marketing Director at AB Vista outlines the importance of getting this ‘first step’ right, in order to fully capitalize on gains further down the line:

“With levels of anti-nutrients varying not just between feedstuffs but within a single raw material, NIR provides critical insights into substrate composition – helping to inform precision in terms of enzyme application. Our aim in sharing such insights is to offer advice on how to use feed additives strategically to extract even more value from substrates.”

Those not attending the event but interested in learning more are invited to contact for details on the research being presented.