Making the Change from Paper-based to EDC Studies that Provide the Advantage of Cleaner Data

Mar 26, 2018

Pharmaceutical companies and research organisations are increasingly seeing the need for an EDC system to capture and store their clinical data. The clinical trial industry and its leaders are making a shift in their process and embracing data technology infrastructure in a profound way, and confusion over best practices is expected. Karina Loyo and Corina Bereanu at Prelude Dynamics ascertains that in this shift of tools and process, outlining an organisational plan and strategic approach is crucial in ensuring all captured data is of the highest quality and accuracy, without exercising wasteful labour. ...

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Minerals, Meals and Molecular Malnutrition: How Mineral Form can Impact Feed Quality and Cellular Health

Mar 26, 2018

Mineral utilisation by animals depends primarily on the minerals’ absorption from ingested feed, with the term “bioavailability” generally being used to describe both the absorption and the ultimate metabolic utilisation of nutrients. Dr Richard Murphy at Alltech’s European Bioscience Centre writes on how, in the last decade, the feed industry has experienced a fine-tuning in diet formulation, not only to match the animal’s nutritional needs, but also to minimise pollution due to mineral excretion. ...

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Bacterial Protein Meal is a Sustainable Protein Ingredient for Animal Feed

Mar 26, 2018

The challenge of feeding the increasing global population is rooted in a combination of limited land and the possibility of feeding the rising population in a sustainable manner. These issues require that food production gets more efficient while still meeting the same high-quality standards. Ina Karlshøj Julegaard at Unibio addresses why alternative feed protein sources will have to be found and applied. ...

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Addressing the 2050 Food Challenge – a Sustainable Solution Must Include Livestock

Mar 26, 2018

By 2050, Earth will be home to nearly 10 billion people, a tripled human population during our lifetime. Only 1.8% of the Earth’s surface is arable land that can be used for growing crops, a resource not likely to increase, which means the amount of cropland per person will decline by 20%. In the face of finite resources and a changing climate, Frank Mitloehner, at the University of California, Department of Animal Science, describes why we need sustainable solutions to the 2050 food challenge. ...

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Responsible Use of Antibiotics and the Role of Functional Feed Additives After AGPs Ban

Mar 26, 2018

The market pressure to reduce antibiotics is considerably influencing producers to identify new alternatives that stimulate production among animals while delivering the same benefits provided by antibiotic growth promoters AGPs. Removal of AGPs from poultry diets needs to be carefully planned and executed. Daniel Ramirez and Tim Goossens at Nutriad show how feed additives have gained considerable interest lately because of their ability to improve performance by sustaining a healthy gut environment through similar physiological mechanisms which may, in turn, affect microorganisms, maximising poultry health and growth, whilst enhancing the efficiency of feed conversion. ...

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