Special Issue "Future challenges in Rabbit Nutrition"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francesco Gai
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Guest Editor
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Grugliasco, Italy
Interests: aquaculture; meat; foods of animal origin; feeds; insects
Prof. Laura Gasco
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (DISAFA), University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Interests: aquaculture; rabbit and poultry breeding; alternative protein sources; insects as feed; fish, rabbit and poultry nutrition; animal product quality
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Prof. Angela Trocino
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Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science (BCA), University of Padova, Viale dell’Università 16, Legnaro, Padova, Italy
Interests: Rearing systems and welfare of growing and reproducing rabbits Feeding and nutrition of rabbits Feeding and nutrition of broilers Myopathies in broiler chickens Freshness, nutritional quality and safety of fish

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Rabbit breeding, although a small sector of animal husbandry, is widespread in many areas of the world as rabbits are used both for food (meat) and nonfood (fur) purposes. Moreover, rabbits are also bred as companion animals, which represents a market niche for rabbit breeders.

The rabbit production chain is facing various problems, mainly concerning animal health and product quality. Gastrointestinal disorders and epizootic rabbit enteropathy are major health problems in rabbit production, causing high mortality rates around and after weaning, which affect global farm efficiency. Considering the European commitment to responsible antibiotic use in animals, rabbit nutrition and feeding play very important roles in contrasting these problems. Besides, the increasing cost of conventional feed ingredients and the increasing interest towards a circular economy push research to look for alternative raw materials that are able to provide new sources of proteins, energy, or other valuable components for rabbit diets with a sustainable environmental impact.

To overcome these issues, further studies are requested about rabbit nutrition, feeding strategies (e.g., feed restriction, phase feeding), additive supplementation (e.g., phyto-additives, immunostimulants, and probiotic and prebiotic products), and alternative raw materials.

Original manuscripts, which use a multidisciplinary approach and address any aspects of rabbit nutrition and feeding, with a direct impact on the rabbit farming, welfare, health, and meat quality, are therefore welcome. Nutrition and feeding of meat rabbits in conventional and organic systems as well as of fur and pet rabbits are welcome.

Dr. Francesco Gai
Prof. Laura Gasco
Prof. Angela Trocino
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • agricultural by-products
  • alternative fat and oil feed sources
  • environmental sustainability
  • feed efficiency
  • growth performance
  • immunostimulants
  • meat quality
  • phyto-additives
  • probiotics
  • unconventional plant protein sources

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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