Adisseo Adisseo, a France-based company and a world lead- er in animal nutrition, has endowed a professorship and funded three poultry science research projects for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Michael Kidd, professor of poultry nutrition, was awarded the Adisseo Endowed Professorship in Global Sustainable Poultry Nutrition. The endowed position is a research pro- fessorship in the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the Division of Agriculture’s research arm. The company also provided grants to fund three research projects in the Division of Agriculture’s Center of Excellence for Poultry Science.

Queens University A leading member of the Northern Ireland business com- munity has received an honorary professorship from Queen’s University Belfast. Declan Billington, the CEO of John Thompson and Sons animal-feed manufacturers and the Vice-Chair of the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Associ- ation (NIFDA) recently had the title ‘Professor of Prac- tice’ conferred on him. The honour acknowledges not only a successful career but also a commitment to driv- ing the local economy, for which Mr Billington re- ceived an MBE last year. As former Chair of CBI North- ern Ireland, he has long been a champion of innovation and high standards of food safety in the local agri-food in- dustry.

Agrisel USA Agrisel USA has announced two new staffing appoint- ments: Bob Forreider and Bobby Hopkins as Sales Repre- sentatives for the Southern U.S. territory. Bob Forreider joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in various industry segments. In his new sales position, Forreider will be responsible for promoting and selling Agrisel USA products in Tennessee, North Caro- lina, South Carolina and north Georgia. Bobby Hopkins joins the company as the new Sales Repre- sentative serving Florida, southern Georgia, southern Alabama and Texas.

Managing the potential ASF threat in feed

African Swine Fever (ASF) has not yet entered Canada and officials in various agencies are working hard to keep it that way, through stepped up surveil- lance, seizing possible sources of con- tamination at borders, educating trav- ellers – but also through enforcing rules on feed ingredients. Starting in April 2019, the Canadian Food Inspec- tion Agency (CFIA) was authorised to apply additional import controls on plant-based feed ingredients from countries of concern with respect to ASF. Shipments of select plant-based feed ingredients now require an im- port permit prior to the product enter- ing Canada. “Currently, Canada has im- port permits for the following countries which are affected by ASF: Belgium, China, Romania, Russian Fed- eration and the Ukraine,” says a CFIA spokesperson. Prior to the introduction of the new import controls, plant-based feed ingredients from ASF-affected countries originated in Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Ita- ly, Kenya, Nigeria, Romania, Russian Feder- ation, South Africa and Togo. According to the latest CFIA numbers, only about 1.7% of the feed ingredient import transactions into Canada between April and November

2019 were plant-based feed ingredients from countries affected by ASF, but the number of those individual imports to- talled 4100. During the same period in 2018, the total was 4650. Dr Scott Dee, research director at Pipestone Applied Research in Pipestone, Minnesota recent- ly noted that he’d like the USA to follow Canada’s lead and require that imported feed ingredients from China, such as vi- tamins and organic soybeans, be quar- antined before they are used for US swine production. As reported by Post- media in Canada, Dee is the scientist who “discovered the fact that the Por- cine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus can survive and spread in animal feeds.”

Starting in April 2019, the CFIA was authorised to apply additional im- port controls on plant-based feed ingredients.

Adisseo and Novozymes achieve visualisation of in vivo germination

At a press conference in Paris on 5 March, Adisseo and Novozymes re- vealed that they have been able to demonstrate and visualise in detail the germination of their Alterion technolo- gy. “For the first time ever, scientists have been able to visualise the germi- nated active cells of a commercial Bacil- lus-based probiotic inside the gut of birds. The process, known as germina- tion, is crucial to demonstrate the de- sired benefits of probiotics for animal production,” explained Damien Prévéraud, Global Technical and Scien- tific Manager Health by Nutrition at Adisseo. “These include improved

health, growth, resilience and feed uti- lisation; they also offer a natural alter- native to antibiotic growth promoters.” “Based on our strong Bacillus knowl- edge and our extensive biological tools, we have developed an innovative fluo- rescent system that tracks the germina- tion process within the bird’s gut,” said Karoline Sidelmann Brinch, Science Manager at Novozymes Applied Research, Animal Health & Nutrition. “Thanks to this technology, we have now been able to visualise the active form of Alterion – proving that our probiotic germinates and grows inside poultry.”

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