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Special Issue "In Vitro Digestibility in Animal Nutritional Studies"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2020.
The use of animals in research elicits a diverse range of attitudes and emotions, with some people demanding the abolition of research on animals and others expressing strong support. Typically, opponents of animal research cite animal welfare and suffering, as well as the uselessness of digestibility trials. In vitro techniques for feed evaluation are important methodologies for studying the physiology of certain segments of the digestive tract and the fermentative and digestive characteristics of feed.
Given the above, the trend is to prefer the use of in vitro enzymatic analysis over in vivo studies, which are more costly, laborious, and require animals anyway. Different closed-system fermentation apparatuses have been used in digestibility studies in ruminants and monogastric and companion animals. The incubators developed for multiple analyses of feeds have reduced labor demands and improved precision compared to traditional in vitro methods, which are time-consuming and imprecise. Furthermore, they could offer an alternative system to traditional in vivo methods, but further studies are needed to fully assess the potential of different methods and apparatuses in animal nutritional studies.
Original manuscripts, including reviews that address any aspects of in vitro digestibility in animal nutritional studies, are invited for this Special Issue.
Dr. Pier Giorgio Peiretti
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- digestibility techniques
- gas production
- fermentative characteristics
- digestive process
- DaisyII incubator
- rumen liquor
- gastric digestion