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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:


Ginés, I., GilCardoso, K., Terra, X., Blay, M., PérezVendrell, A., Pinent, M., & Ardévol, A. (2019). Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins Target the Enteroendocrine System in CafeteriaDietFed Rats. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 63(11), 1800912. doi:10.1002/mnfr.201800912

Dalmau, A., Borges, T., de Mercado, E., González, J., Juan, A., & Huerta-Jiménez, M. et al. (2019). Effect of environmental temperature, floor type and breed on skatole and indole concentrations in fat of females, immuno-castrated and entire males. Livestock Science, 220, 46-51. doi:10.1016/j.livsci.2018.11.021

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