Special Issue "Potential Roles of Forage Silage in Sustainable Agricultural Production"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2020.
Interests: Ruminant Nutrition; Grassland; Forage; Legumes; Bioactive Compounds; Agroecology
There is an increasing demand worldwide for high‐quality silage providing conserved forage for livestock due to heightened competition for limited arable land. In the context of sustainable agriculture, ensiling forages faces important challenges and offers opportunities to increase farm productivity while reducing environmental impacts. Growing and ensiling legumes can improve protein self-sufficiency throughout the year, soil fertility and forage yields, while decreasing global negative impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity. Technological innovations, including sensors, robotics, and silo packaging, offer opportunities to improve silage quality. Analytical advances in molecular microbiology and metabolomics can allow better controlling the microbial activity in silage and the rumen, leading to enhanced feed efficiency and reduced energy and nitrogenous losses as pollutant emissions (GHG, ammonia) from the silo to the animal. The incorporation of natural bioactive compounds, byproducts or silage additives and inoculants can improve fermentation and aerobic stability and reduce contamination by pathogens and mycotoxins. Fermented forages are now also used as substrates for biogas production and biorefineries.
This Special Issue is intended to provide an insight into forage types, farming practices, and all types of innovations that allow producing safe and high-quality silages while minimizing detrimental impacts on the environment throughout the agricultural production chain.
Dr. Vincent Niderkorn
Manuscript Submission Information
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- GHG emissions;
- bioactive compounds;
- silage additives;
- aerobic stability;
- silage microbiology;
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Multiple opportunities offered by natural bioactive compounds to improve silage quality increasing sustainability of ruminant production: a review
Authors: Vincent Niderkorn
Affiliation: Université Clermont Auvergne, INRAE, VetAgro Sup, UMR Herbivores, F-63122 Saint-Genès-Champanelle, France
Abstract: The presence in some plants of bioactive compounds such (e.g phenolic ones) can impact silage quality with multiple consequences on the different pillars of sustainability for ruminant production systems. The aim of this paper is to review the multiple opportunities opened up by these compounds to improve: i) silage lactic fermentation and protection of plant protein to increase nutriment use efficiency and decrease pollutant losses under the form of greenhouse gases and ammonia, ii) animal health (e.g. digestive diseases) , and iii) product quality, for example through fatty acid profiles in meat and milk or increased oxidative stability. An identification of research gaps and research needed for a better practical application will be also proposed.