Source: DuPont Animal Nutrition via Feedinfo News Service

19 July 2019 – As a gold sponsor, DuPont Animal Nutrition has invested in a significant manner to associate its name and brands with this week’s 2019 Poultry Science Association (PSA) Annual Meeting, held in Montreal, Quebec.

Known to be a key scientific meeting for poultry scientists, practitioners and commercial businesses involved in poultry nutrition in North and Latin America, PSA was also an opportunity for DuPont to showcase to these markets its latest scientific developments and ideas regarding its animal nutrition and health solutions – all through the lens of ‘Nutribiosis’, a term coined by the company describing the interaction between nutrition, microbiome and gut and immune function.

“Researchers are really only just getting started in terms of exploring the full range of novel ingredients – but there is growing awareness in North and Latin America of the need to find proven, effective and safe alternative strategies,” Dr. Janet Remus, Technical Services Director North America, said at the meeting. “Given the increasingly stringent regulatory environment and consumer pressure to remove antibiotics from the supply chain, we fully anticipate this demand will accelerate.”

Dr. Janet Remus
Technical Services Director North America
Dupont Animal Nutrition

Feedinfo News Service spoke to Dr. Remus, to find out more about DuPont Animal Nutrition’s views on nutribiosis and the North and Latin American market challenges.

[Feedinfo News Service] How do you plan to further increase North American poultry customer familiarity with the concept at PSA and in the months to come?

[Janet Remus] It goes without saying that finding the right feed solution in a world without antibiotics is not an easy task. It’s a highly complex issue, with far reaching implications in terms of animal performance, health and welfare, as well as commercial return. So, we expect that it will take time for US poultry producers to become more familiar with the nutribiosis philosophy – as it will elsewhere. But we firmly believe that it is instrumental in shaping successful feed strategies. At the Poultry Science Association (PSA), we aimed to build a greater understanding of nutribiosis with three poster presentations and a series of 11 verbal presentations covering a range of key topics; from enzymes to probiotics and phytogenics – all of which interact within the gut and directly impact the nutribiotic state of the animal. One-to-one discussions with delegates also allowed us to address specific questions or concerns.

We will highlight how our research program – which is based on the principle of nutribiosis – will enable us to improve our knowledge of specific feed solutions; in terms of understanding the full extent of their capabilities and interaction with the host. For example, studies indicate that our phytogenic feed additive, Enviva® EO, can have a positive impact on protein and fiber digestion in broilers raised in commercial conditions. An effect which is brought about by modulating the microbiota diversity, population and/or colonization in the ileum and ceca to benefit protein digestion and fiber degradation – and can be linked to the improved feed efficiency in the supplemented broilers.

[Feedinfo News Service] At PSA 2019, you also planned a focus on Enviva® PRO, Enviva CSI Bacillus strains, protease, phytase, and carbohydrases. Does DuPont Animal Nutrition believe it has the complete offering and correct scientific approach for the US and Latin American poultry sectors?

[Janet Remus] At DuPont, we believe that looking at holistic feed strategies via nutribiosis will provide the global animal industry with the information it needs to develop effective feed strategies – irrespective of geography. That’s why our scientific research investigates the interactions between nutrition, microbiome and the gut and immune function as one functional system, rather than considering each element in isolation. The aim is to understand how to positively influence all three pillars to achieve balance in the gastrointestinal tract – which we refer to as a “favorable nutribiotic state” – thereby enhancing performance and protecting the animal against pathogenic challenges. In this way, we are building the scientific case to support our feed solutions and helping animal producers navigate production challenges, without the use of growth promoting antibiotics in feed.

[Feedinfo News Service] You offer customer-specific measurements and tailored solutions, but what are the main poultry health challenges you are addressing?

[Janet Remus] Rising global pressure to reduce the use of antibiotics in poultry production has opened the door to unpredictable pathogenic and opportunistic challenges, giving rise to poor flock performance and livability. One of the main issues is that not all pathogen strains are the same. Take E. Coli, for example; our gut sampling research shows diversity in APEC populations across countries, as well as between regions of the same country. The same is true of other pathogenic populations, such as Enterococcus Cecorum; not all probiotic strains are the same. Therefore, different challenges will require different solutions. If you consider that poultry production practices are also known to vary widely in different parts of the world, the complexity of the situation – and need for tailored solutions – is very clear. That’s why we don’t take a “one size fits all” approach. Programs will vary according to the type, dosing and category of products chosen to achieve optimal results. Implementation of antibiotic-free or reduced strategies need to be supported with a thorough knowledge of multiple areas such as nutrition, physiology, microbiology and immune function, as well as practical operational experience and regulatory expertise. We are able to help customers address all the main poultry health challenges, but we know that the nutribiotic state of the animal is tied to many different internal and external factors on a farm. No two sites are the same, which means that the main health challenges will vary. So we tailor our integrated solutions to help customers address the issues that are most important to them.

[Feedinfo News Service] If nutribiosis is increasingly recognized by the industry and additional market demand follows, how easy is it for the company to ramp up production of your products?

[Janet Remus] As a world leading supplier of both human and animal probiotics with an international network of operational sites, we are well placed to respond to the anticipated surge in interest in feed strategies through nutribiosis and the microbiome – both of which are the keys to animal health. We believe that there is growing awareness of the fact that probiotics alone are not the solution and a holistic approach is needed; one which DuPont provides by combining a portfolio of products, including enzymes, to create a favorable nutribiotic state in the animal. Given that we are now protecting over 1 billion birds with our probiotic solutions in the US alone, we can already successfully demonstrate our operational capabilities.

But this is only the beginning of our nutribiosis journey. We presented the results of a recent study at PSA which demonstrates the direct relationship of pathogen transfer from breeder to broiler and – importantly – the positive impact of a customized DuPont Feed Management plan. As we continue to monitor the performance of our products in the context of ongoing challenges, we are fully prepared to respond to rising market demand.

Published in association with DuPont Animal Nutrition