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Plants and their extracts and other natural alternatives to antimicrobials in feeds

Objective

Growth-promoting antibiotics will be banned in the EU by 2006. Livestock producers need alternative means of obtaining similar production benefits to maintain profitability and competitiveness against overseas producers, including the US, where such restri ctions do not exist. Ways must also be found to improve the healthiness and safety of animal products reaching the consumer, including those from organic farming. This project will examine plants, plant extracts and other natural materials as safe alternat ives to feed antimicrobials. The materials will be derived from 500 samples of plant materials collected as possible feed additives for ruminants [FP5 project, Rumen-up, QLK5-CT-2001-00992], plus some additional natural materials likely to be useful in no n-ruminants. Rumen-up samples, for which a large data set of background information and screening success now exists, will be tested for properties not screened in FP5: their possible impact on human and animal health (E. coli, parasites), food quality (fa tty acids) and efficient use of natural resources (increased forage use by ruminants). Researchers on pigs, poultry and fish, where the impact of antibiotic withdrawal is greatest, will join the consortium. The priorities in these species overlap with rumi nants, although the precise aims and pathogen species are different. After identifying the most promising candidates for each target, a small number of samples will be taken to demonstration, proof-of- concept trials. The project will link fragmented res earch carried out with different animal species across Europe and provide a platform, via consultation with industry, farmers' and consumers' organisations, veterinarians, botanists, agronomists and economists, for the rational production of a new generati on of natural feed additives. The main benefits will be a healthier, safer food chain, increased sustainability of animal agriculture and reduction in its detrimental effects on the environment.'

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-FOOD-1
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
Address
King's College
Aberdeen
United Kingdom

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Participants (13)

ALL-TECHNOLOGY (IRELAND) LTD
Ireland
Address
Sarney, Summerhill Road
Dunboyne, Co. Meath

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AUGUST CIESZKOWSKI AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF POZNAN
Poland
Address
Ul. Wojska Polskiego 28
Poznan

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CRINA S.A.
Switzerland
Address
Rue De La Combe 15
Gland

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DANISH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Denmark
Address
Research Centre Foulum
Tjele

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DSM NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS AG
Switzerland
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Rue De La Combe
Gland

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MOREDUN RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
Address
Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan
Penicuik

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NATIONAL VETERINARY INSTITUTE
Norway
Address
Ullevaalsveien 68
Oslo

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ROWETT RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
Address
Greenburn Road, Bucksburn
Aberdeen

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UNIVERSIDAD DE LEON
Spain
Address
Avenida De La Facultad, 25
Leon

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UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS
Denmark
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C

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UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
Address
Whiteknights House, Whiteknights
Reading

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UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY MEDECINE
Slovakia
Address
Komenského 73
Kosice

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UNIVERSITÄT HOHENHEIM
Germany
Address
Schloss 1
Stuttgart

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