Leading scientists and industry experts gathered for the first International Phytase Summit in Washington DC, participating in two-and-a-half days of meetings covering the areas of phosphorus, phytate and phytase nutrition.

Multiple sectors were represented at the conference, including animal production, feed, human nutrition, analytical services and biochemistry. "The first IPS brought together a group of leading scientists and other experts from around the world to discuss issues related to the application of phytase as an aid to improving efficiency in the use of phosphorus in animal nutrition," said Professor Colin Whitehead, vice president of the World's Poultry Science Association.

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Overall, the conference was considered a success. "The outcome of the conference was extremely positive and means that we have created a more informed direction for future work in the area of phytase," said Dr. Mike Bedford from AB Vista. "While we may not have ripped up the textbook, we did add another chapter."