BASF has entered into a three and a half year partnership with South China Agriculture University (SCAU) to conduct a large-scale doctoral (PhD) research project. The collaboration aims to examine the role of organic acids as effective, core eubiotic alternatives for reducing the usage of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) in post-weaning piglets.
Eubiotics are feed additives used to maintain an optimal balance of microbiota in the gastrointestinal tract, improving animal health status and growth performance. The project looks deeper into a wide range of eubiotics, and the safety and efficacy of individual or combined eubiotics will also be explored.
The information generated by this project will provide feed producers and farmers with greater insight into available eubiotic AGP alternatives and therefore, greater confidence in their selection process. SCAU was founded in 1909. Located in Guangdong province, it is, today, one of the key agricultural universities in China, and is highly regarded as a prominent swine research institute.
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