Skip to main content

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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/genome
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2018-1
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 3 760 266

Participants (10)

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 671 610
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 1 531 250
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 013 651,25
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
Germany
EU contribution
€ 896 516,25
Address
Meyerhofstrasse 1
69117 Heidelberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 307 187,50
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 665 245
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
CHR. HANSEN A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 468 414
Address
Boege Alle 10-12
2970 Hoersholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LEROY SEAFOOD GROUP ASA
Norway
EU contribution
€ 264 828
Address
Thormohlens Gate 51B
5006 Bergen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PIAST PASZE SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 167 875
Address
Ul Lewkowiec 50A
63 400 Ostrow Wielkopolski
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 116 250
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments