Objectives and contents

Objectives of the course

The main objective of the course is to give an overview of the carbohydrates in feeds in relation to nutrition and intestinal health of non-ruminant animals.

Learning outcomes and competences

After finalising the course the students will:

·         Have knowledge on the different classes of carbohydrates and how they can be analysed

·         Have knowledge on the carbohydrates present in different feedstuffs with special emphasis on grains and legumes

·         Have knowledge on the influence of processing on digestion and functional properties of carbohydrates

·         Be able to differentiate between the type of carbohydrates digested by enzymes in the small intestine and fermented by microbes in the large intestine

·         Have knowledge on the hormonal regulation and metabolism of carbohydrates

·         Have knowledge on how carbohydrates may influence intestinal health


Course contents

The course will consist of theoretical lectures, laboratory work, practical problem solvents based on literature cases, and demonstrations in the barn.

The course covers the following topics:

  •          Carbohydrate definition and terminology
  •          Analyses of carbohydrates
  •          Impact of feed processing on carbohydrate chemistry and physicochemical properties
  •          Carbohydrates digestion and absorption
  •          Fermentation of carbohydrates
  •          Hormonal regulation of carbohydrates and how they are converted into energy and lipids
  •          How carbohydrates may influence gut microbial ecology and health

Prerequisites: Four years of study