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Animal Nutrition


This programme focuses on monogastrics’ nutrition for an efficient production and their effects on animal health and welfare, consumer safety and environmental protection. The programme develops new feed additives (e.g. enzymes), alternative products to antibiotic growth promoters, and products aimed at reducing the use of antibiotics.

Other research lines are related to nutrition and intestinal health, mainly immunity and epigenetics, as well as to the relation between nutrition and body composition with meat quality. The programme is also developing tools to evaluate the environmental impacts of intensive farming, introducing the principles of circular economy and exploring new protein sources.


· Head: Maria Devant
· Researchers: 12
· Support staff: 31
· Work centres: IRTA Monells, Alcarràs Experimental Farm and IRTA Mas de Bover.


Relevant scientific publications:


Administration of Alphitobius diaperinus or Tenebrio molitor before meals transiently increases food intake through enterohormone regulation in female rats 
Miguéns-Gómez, Alba; Sierra-Cruz, Marta; Segú, Helena; Beltrán-Debón, Raúl; Rodríguez-Gallego, Esther; Terra, Ximena; Blay, M. Teresa; PÉREZ-VENDRELL, ANNA MARIA; Pinent, Montserrat; Ardévol, Anna (Wiley, 2022-11-02)

Eicosapentaenoic acid- and docosahexaenoic acid-rich fish oil in sow and piglet diets modifies blood oxylipins and immune indicators in both, sows and suckling piglets 
Llauradó-Calero, E.; Badiola, I.; Samarra, I.; Lizardo, R.; Torrallardona, D.; Esteve-Garcia, E.; Tous, N. (Elsevier, 2022-10-03)

Differential effects of a cafeteria diet and GSPE preventive treatments on the enterohormone secretions of aged vs. young female rats 
Miguéns-Gómez, Alba; Sierra-Cruz, Marta; Pérez-Vendrell, Anna Maria; Rodríguez-Gallego, Esther; Beltrán-Debón, Raúl; Terra, Ximena; Ardévol, Anna; Pinent, Montserrat (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2022-09-23)

Alterations in bacterial metabolites, cytokines, and mucosal integrity in the caecum of broilers caused by feed additives and host-related factors 
Duangnumsawang, Yada; Zentek, Jürgen; Vahjen, Wilfried; Tarradas, Joan; Boroojeni, Farshad Goodarzi (Frontiers Media, 2022-09-12)

Novel strategies to improve chicken performance and welfare by unveiling host-microbiota interactions through hologenomics 
Tous, Núria; Marcos, Sofia; Goodarzi Boroojeni, Farshad; Pérez de Rozas, Ana; Zentek, Jürgen; Estonba, Andone; Sandvang, Dorthe; Gilbert, M. Thomas P.; Esteve-Garcia, Enric; Finn, Robert; Alberdi, Antton; Tarradas, Joan (Frontiers Media, 2022-09-06)

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