Coccidiosis and necrotic enteritis: can nature help?

The increasingly pressing problems Coccidia (Eimeria spp.) are parasites with a strong environmental resistance: extreme temperatures (very high or very low) can kill these pathogens, but they can resist the commonly used environmental disinfectants. Infective oocysts remain alive in the litter for months causing animal infection: after the oral ingestion, oocysts develop and multiply into…

November Newsletter

What is tributyrin? There is evidence that butyrate is an important feed additive, but tributyrin is a less known molecule. It is a butyrate prodrug, the triglyceride of butyric acid, therefore formed by one molecule of glycerol linked to three molecules of the 4-carbon fatty acid. This molecular form has several advantages compared to the…

October Newsletter

Big production, big challenges for animals Aquaculture is fast expanding to face the increasing demand for fish and seafood proteins globally. Nevertheless, there are many challenges that need to be addressed worldwide, among which the climate change increasing water temperature, water pollution, and antimicrobial resistance. How can feed additives help? Animal nutrition always includes feed…

September Newsletter

We all want Innovation and Effectiveness Nowadays thousand of products with different compositions are available, with the promise of delivering better performance, higher productivity, lower rearing costs, and improvement of the return on investment: theoretically, each of these products is the best ever. But what are the steps for a product to be developed in…

July Newsletter

What’s stress? In our modern society the concept of stress is quite abused, but what do we mean talking about stressed animals? In this case, we refer to those subjected to external agents, the so-called stressors, that are of different nature and modify the physiological homeostasis of the organism. For sure pathogens, toxins and injuries…

June Newsletter

Time is running out For decades and especially since antibiotics growth promoters have been banned, zinc oxide at pharmacological dosages is one of the most effective and used tools to control diarrhea in post-weaning piglets. However, zinc oxide promotes the selection of antimicrobial resistant pathogens like E. coli in the intestine and is a co-factor…

April Newsletter

The 6th International Conference on Poultry Intestinal Health In the first week of April, in the wonderful location of Rome, the Intestinal Health Scientific Interest Group (IHSIG) organized the 6th International Conference on Poultry Intestinal Health. The aim of the conference was to update the global knowledge about this extremely important topic: academics and poultry…

2 March 2019

We are fighting a ubiquitous noxious pathogen Salmonella is a rod-shaped Enterobacteriacea, ubiquitous and highly resistant in the environment, especially in water and with high environmental humidity. There are more than 2500 isolated serotypes, belonging to two species: Salmonella enterica and Salmonella bongori. The infective cycle is oro-fecal and pigs can be infected directly from…

March 2019

What is “kinky back”? Bacterial Chondronecrosis with Osteomyelitis (BCO), also known as kinky back, is a complex syndrome mostly affecting broilers with some episodes in turkeys as well. The syndrome manifests itself with symptoms like lameness, starting at 3 weeks of age and resulting in lowered feed intake, reduced weight gain and up to 5-7%…