twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

Microbiome to fight antimicrobial resistance

Dr Andrew Morgan, chief scientist at DuPont Nutrition and Health, spoke about the emerging science of microbiome and its potential in providing solutions to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at the AgriVision 2017 conference, held from 13 to 15 June 2017, in Noordwijk aan Zee, the Netherlands

AMRMicrobiome science holds potential solutions to reduce AMR in livestock production. (Image source: RyanMcGuire/Pixabay)

Morgan’s presentation focused on the global challenge of reducing antibiotic usage, and explored how microbiome can provide potential solutions including probiotics, prebiotics and enzymes.

He commented, “It is important to understand how antibiotics affect such an important microbial ecosystem and to find ways to mitigate any negative consequences including anti-microbial resistance.”

“There are tens of trillions of microbial cells, more than 1,000 species of microbes encoding millions of genes in the human microbiome and it is apparent that it plays a very important role in our health,” he said.

He further added, “The future of microbial science as an answer for AMR is promising, but it is still early days. It will require a multi-stakeholder collaborative approach – the kind we’ve seen between DuPont and Nutreco – to find solutions to tackle this important global challenge.”

In his presentation, he explained that while the use of antibiotics has benefits, its effect on beneficial microbes in both human and animal gut microbiome could result long-term problems.

He cited a study-result showing that a probiotic can effectively reduce the gastrointestinal disorders caused by the use of antibiotics, and improve digestibility and promote animal gut health.

Morgan also highlighted the potential of microbiome science to yield future solutions to address AMR in livestock production.

Viggo Halseth, chief innovation officer at Nutreco, the organiser of the show, pointed out, “Promoting animal gut health is a focus area for Nutreco in finding nutritional solutions to combat AMR. We are eager to learn where microbiome science could help us in that respect.”


LATEST NEWS IN Cattle

Intracare launches the world’s most eco-friendly hoof bandage

Intracare launches the world’s most eco-…

Intracare, developer and supplier of products for veterinary health and nutrition, has come up with the world’s most eco-friendly hoof bandage, which will be available worldwide

Nutreco receives grant to provide sustainable feed solutions for small-scale producers

Nutreco receives grant to provide sustai…

Nutreco, a global animal nutrition leader, has received a US$4.8mn grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate the implementation of localised, sustainable complete feed production in sub-Saharan...

Volatility: challenges in animal feeding

Volatility: challenges in animal feeding

As price volatility propels the use of alternative feed ingredients, Adisseo's team discusses how the quality of diets and the performance of animals can be maintained in such situations

Tackling transboundary animal diseases in Zimbabwe

Tackling transboundary animal diseases i…

To curb high impact transboundary animal diseases in Zimbabwe, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development launched the animal health...

Nuclear techniques help Zambia ensure safety in animal food products

Nuclear techniques help Zambia ensure sa…

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) are working with Zambian experts to address drug resistant microbes as well as food contamination in meat...

Evonik publishes first edition of animal diet

Evonik publishes first edition of animal…

Evonik, a German-based specialty chemicals company has published the first edition of the MetAMINO ATLAS displaying the results of 15 performance trials investigating the relative bioavailability of supplementary methionine sources...

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Cattle

Tackling transboundary animal diseases in Zimbabwe

Tackling transboundary animal diseases i…

To curb high impact transboundary animal diseases in Zimbabwe, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development launched the animal health...

Rwanda issues new guidelines for dairy industry

Rwanda issues new guidelines for dairy i…

Rwanda has approved a new set of regulations concerning the preservation, collection, transportation and selling of milk

EU to grant US$43mn to Zimbabwe’s livestock sector

EU to grant US$43mn to Zimbabwe’s livest…

The EU has decided to grant a US$43mn grant that will assist the development of Zimbabwe’s livestock sector

Balancing the amino acid needs of dairy with Mepron®

Balancing the amino acid needs of dairy …

Mepron® is a concentrated, time-based release mini-pellet that features a solid core of DL-methionine from the speciality chemicals company Evonik Industries

New cattle buying plan for Zimbabwe farmers

New cattle buying plan for Zimbabwe farm…

A cattle buying scheme, introduced for Zimbabwe farmers, will help them purchase the animals through monthly instalments

DSM unveils intelligent sustainability service to improve profitability of animal protein production

DSM unveils intelligent sustainability s…

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable Living, has launched Sustell - a first-of-its-kind intelligent sustainability service that delivers accurate, simple, and actionable farm-level solutions...

New opportunity for returning migrants in Burkina Faso on livestock farming

New opportunity for returning migrants i…

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the government of Burkina Faso and with funding from the European Union (EU), is supporting the establishment of livestock farmer groups...

Kenyan farmers urged to adopt scientific methods to improve livestock yields

Kenyan farmers urged to adopt scientific…

Livestock experts have encouraged Kenyan farmers to implement scientific methods in the management of animal breeding in the country to improve animal health and production

Uganda aims to boost trade in meat and dairy

Uganda aims to boost trade in meat and d…

Uganda wants to curb its borrowing and boost exports in sectors such as meat and dairy, as the country lifts restrictions due to COVID-19, said President Yoweri Museveni and government...

ILRI conference discusses accessing finance for livestock and dairy farming

ILRI conference discusses accessing fina…

A guarantee fund needs to be set up to allow financial service providers to hedge their risks in the multi-stakeholder livestock value chains, according to speakers at a recent conference...

Dairy farm to be set up in Nigeria

Dairy farm to be set up in Nigeria

A full-scale industrial dairy farm will be built in Nigeria after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between NigerPars Nigeria Limited, the Iranian Research Organisation for Science and Technology...

Kenyan Dairy Board pushes SACCO model

Kenyan Dairy Board pushes SACCO model

The Kenyan Dairy Board is pushing a savings and credit cooperative organisation (SACCO) model among milk traders to streamline and transform the sector

Prev Next