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2. Monogastric physiology, nutrition and impact on climate and environment

Our research aim and focus

The aims are to understand physiological mechanisms and improve and document nutritional interventions and feeding strategies for monogastric animals as pigs, poultry, and insects in order to reduce their impact on environment, climate and biodiversity and contribute to achieve sustainable animal production.   

Our primary focus areas

  • Nutrition, production and reproduction at different physiological stages and transition phases (e.g. weaning period of piglets; perinatal period of sows).

  • Optimize feed efficiency to increase resource utilization and animal production and minimize excretion of nutrients and lower emission of greenhouse gases.
  • Feeding strategies and nutritional alternatives to reduce use and environmental impact of macro and micro minerals such as nitrogen, phosphorus and zinc
  • Improve sustainable and organic animal production
  • Feeding and production of insects for food and feed
  • Digestion of feed, dietary ingredients and dietary nutrients, quantitative nutrition and physiological needs at different physiological stages.

Theme group coordinator

Peter Kappel Theil

Professor Department of Animal Science - ANIS Monogastric Nutrition (MONU)

Our research perspectives

Nutrition is highly important for sustainable production as feed cost is the major expense for animal production. The continued development towards high-productive animals and concomitantly economic and environmentally sustainable animal production is getting even more complex when considering society and consumers expectation with respect to low impact on climate and environment.

Research and development in utilization of feed and specific nutrients will be fundamental for securing a future animal production.