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A whole-systems approach to optimising feed efficiency and reducing the ecological footprint of monogastrics

Objective

ECO-FCE’s objective is to firstly understand the interactions within the monogastric biological system which create diversity, optimise feed use efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen and phosphorus excretion, whilst not adversely affecting animal health, welfare or product quality. Secondly, ECO-FCE will develop industry-ready tools which will facilitate the selection of breeding stock and nutritional strategies
for improved gut health and functionality and host performance.
ECO-FCE will achieve these objectives through five scientific work packages.
Work package 1 involves a systematic literature review which will collate information in the open and grey literature on the effect of nutrition, gut characteristics and host genetics on feed use efficiency, nutrient utilization, greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen and phosphorus excretion in pigs and poultry.
Work package 2 will focus on the effect of nutrition. Aspects including how and when feed is offered and diet ingredients (raw materials and feed additives) will be investigated. Particular focus will be on nutritional strategies to reduce N and P excretion and to accurately determine and reduce GHG emissions. The effect of environment pre birth and nutrition post birth in pigs will also be investigated. Data and samples from WP 2 will then be used in WPs 3 and 4.
Initial work in work packages 3 and 4 will specifically focus on common gut and host genetic factors which promote good or poor FCE.
Other work in WP 3 will then investigate the feasibility of inoculating pigs and poultry with this ‘good’ gut microflora.
WP 4 will focus on host genomics and will specifically attempt to relate genomic variation to variation in FCE. Further work in this work package will apply 'omics' techniques and will aim to derive biomarkers as tools to improve monogastric FCE.
In WP 5 novel, industry-ready tools in the form of models will be developed and tested using data collated throughout the project.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 420 436
Administrative Contact
Ronan Crossey (Mr.)

Participants (17)

AGRIFOOD AND BIOSCIENCES INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 468 099
Address
Newforge Lane 18A
BT9 5PX Belfast
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elizabeth Magowan (Dr.)
Agricultural Catchments Programme
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 911 591
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mary O'brien (Ms.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 729 519
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jordi De La Cuesta (Mr.)
HERMITAGE PEDIGREE PIGS LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 115 567
Address
Sion Road The Hermitage
EIRE Kilkenny
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ronan Murphy (Mr.)
DEVENISH NUTRITION LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 60 217
Address
Duncrue Street 96
BT3 9AR Belfast
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ann Ms Ann Hamilton (Ms.)
MOSER ANDREAS MAS
Austria
EU contribution
€ 189 040
Address
Sylvester Jordan Strasse 13 Top 4
6094 Axams
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Moser (Mr.)
UNIWERSYTET TECHNOLOGICZNO PRZYRODNICZY IM JANA I JEDRZEJA SNIADECKICH W BYDGOSZCZY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 230 821
Address
Al. Prof. Sylwestra Kaliskiego 7
85 796 Bydgoszcz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Zalewska (Ms.)
VETERINAERMEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 422 679
Address
Veterinaerplatz 1
1210 Vienna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sabine Ecker (Dr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 459 152
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Bee (Dr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 557 972
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carsten Sødrup (Mr.)
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR NUTZTIERBIOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 725 426
Address
Wilhelm-stahl-allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dieter Wirges
Industrial Tecnica Pecuaria S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 164 408
Address
Avenida De Roma 157 - 7 Pl
08011 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Josep Mascarell (Dr.)
DELACON BIOTECHNIK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 404 792
Address
Weissenwolffstrasse 14 A
4221 Steyregg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karola Wendler (Dr.)
INSTYTUT BIOCHEMII I BIOFIZYKI POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 75 249
Address
Pawinskiego 5A
02 106 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jacek Bardowski (Prof.)
UNIWERSYTET PRZYRODNICZY W POZNANIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 64 846
Address
Ulica Wojska Polskiego 28
60 637 Poznan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tomasz Szwaczkowski (Prof.)
COBB EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
The Oaks Apex 12 Old Ipswich Road
CO7 7QR Colchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mitchell Abrahamsen (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN
United Kingdom
Address
Brayford Pool
LN6 7TS Lincoln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carolyn Williams (Mrs.)