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Holistic solution to improve animal food production through deconstructing the biomolecular interactions between feed, gut microorganisms and animals in relation to performance parameters

Objective

Optimising food production is not only of commercial interest for companies, but with the planet’s population approaching the nine billion mark, also of critical importance for humanity. Animal food production can be optimised by modulating animal-associated microbiomes through the use of feed additives such as prebiotics and probiotics. Previously developed feed additives have not acknowledged the specific means of action of the additives on the microbiome and host organisms, and consequently i) their performance is inconsistent across animals with different genetic background and when grown under different environments, ii) improvement of feed additives is inefficient and costly, and iii) optimal solutions are unlikely to be found without taking a more holistic approach. HoloFood showcases a holistic approach that will improve the efficiency of food production systems by deciphering the molecular and physiological processes triggered by feed additives across animals with different genetic background and grown under different environments. We will use two critically important farmed animal systems as our models -salmon and chicken- and characterise not only their associated microorganisms’ genomes, transcriptomes and metabolomes but also how the microbiome interacts with animals' genomes and transcriptomes within the new holo-omic framework in relation to key performance indices and animal welfare issues. The knowledge generated will be used to optimise feed additive administration strategies of already implemented products by tailoring them to the genetic background and developmental stage of the animals as well as production environment, to improve the quantity, quality and safety of the produced food, as well as sustainability of food production and animal welfare. HoloFood will also serve to raise awareness about the importance of microbiomes in food production, and to establish bridges between companies and academia to foster science-based strategies.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SFS-2018-1

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 3 797 766,00
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 61 061,50

Participants (10)

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 634 110,00
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 12 500,00
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 1 497 692,95
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 003 651,25
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 12 500,00
EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 896 516,25
Address
Meyerhofstrasse 1
69117 Heidelberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 12 500,00
Region
Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Heidelberg, Stadtkreis
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 307 187,50
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 12 500,00
HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 635 410,00
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 12 500,00
CHR. HANSEN A/S
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 468 414,00
Address
Boege Alle 10-12
2970 Hoersholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 462 443,50
LEROY SEAFOOD GROUP ASA
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 264 828,00
Address
Thormohlens Gate 51B
5006 Bergen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 292 852,00
Region
Norge Vestlandet Vestland
 
PIAST PASZE SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 167 875,00
Address
Ul Lewkowiec 50A
63 400 Ostrow Wielkopolski
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 83 375,00
Region
Makroregion północno-zachodni Wielkopolskie Kaliski
 
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 189 642,05
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00