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Effect of plant extracts on gut microbiota of companion animals

Case Studies, Quality Control and Process Monitoring, Sustainable Health and Wellbeing

Phytorigins talks to WISE Network.

Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder in companion animals and of increasing concern amongst their owners.  Gut microbiota plays a key role in controlling obesity through their effect on food digestion, nutrient absorption and gut health.phytorigins_award_web

Phytorigins with WISE Network are investigating whether the use of specific feed additives could modify gut microbiota.  Not much is known about how or if feed additives work in companion animals, because of experimental difficulties in working with live animals.  A platform that mimics the canine and feline gut will be developed in order to evaluate the effect of feed additives on the gut microbial populations and potential in reducing obesity.

The global pet food market is set to reach US$95.7 billion by 2017, according to independent analysis by GIA (2011), opening up excellent opportunities for commercialisation of project outputs for the WISE Network partners and potential significant gains for the Welsh Economy.