The new project Feed-a-Gene aims to step up the current feed resources and feeding practices for monogastric animals.
Coordinated by INRA (France), the project wants to develop new and alternative feed resources and feed technologies, identify and select animals better adapted to fluctuating conditions, and develop feeding techniques for optimizing the potential of the feed and the animal.
Feed-a-Gene involves an international consortium of 23 public and private partners from Europe and China. The project is planned to last for 5 years, and has been allocated a budget of €9 million. It is funded under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020.
According to the project founders, environmental issues (phosphate and nitrate concentration in water) caused by monogastric livestock production must be addressed and new solutions to increase the efficiency and sustainability of livestock production systems must be developed. Feed-a-Gene therefore formulated several objectives to gain more knowledge on how to solve these issues.
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