Special Issue "Modern Cereal Varieties or Feed Additives—Is There a Winner for the Health and Welfare of Animals?"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: histology; histomorphometry; connective tissue and epithelia; bone and skeleton development and metabolism; gastrointestinal tract structure, development and regeneration; gut-bone axis; animal feed; nutrition; functional food; procollagen amino acids and their precursors and derivatives; prenatal programming; postnatal development; probiotics; biostatistics
Law regulations, climate change, and even sociological and political factors across numerous countries enforce the search for new sources of energy and proteins in livestock feeding. At the same time, the matter of food production safety and animal welfare is becoming important in highly developed countries. Furthermore, genetically modified cereal crops still raise many concerns across the public opinion. Thus, there is a rising need for modern cereal crops with high yield, profitability, potential for increasing production, and confirmed value as the feeding component for animals. Nevertheless, low levels of anti-nutrient substances and resistance to fungal contamination are also very desirable. On the other hand, many feed additives based on minerals, microelements, herbs, and lately, probiotics, are constantly introduced to the market, aiming to stimulate or regulate metabolism, improve health status, or increase the digestibility and absorption of nutrients. Both approaches have their pros and cons. So, combining these approaches seems to be a good idea. However, in many cases the specific mechanisms of interactions of especially modern cereals and feed additives—particularly with the gut microbiome or intestinal structures—are not fully known. These interactions may affect other organs or systems in the organism. Moreover, recent findings underline the ambiguity of so-called anti-nutrients from wheat and rye, which are commonly cultivated in Europe and used as a partial energy replacement of corn. It appears that maybe we should search for a balance between some minor decrease in the performance parameters in livestock caused by, for example, non-starch polysaccharides in the raw materials of traditional feed, in favor of the recently reported health benefits contributed by other substances present in, for example, rye. Rye has a great potential for increasing production and confirmed value as a feeding component for animals.
Taking all the above into consideration I would like to propose this Special Issue. Papers from different research areas of animal science, veterinary medicine, biology, biotechnology and other related fields are invited to contribute to this Special Issue which aims to cover all topics regarding the new and in-depth insight into the effects of modern cereals and feed additives on livestock organs, productivity, and health status. I am hoping that we all together will assemble original studies that address any aspects of structural changes in gut, bone, skin, and other organs or systems, animal development and maintenance, as well as productivity in view of the raised question. Review articles that address all aspects of postnatal growth and development in laboratory and livestock animals concerning the topic are also welcomed. Topics of special interest also include hormonal balance, supplements, nutritional factors, as well as nutrition in general in relation to the occurrence of anti-nutritional or toxic factors.
Assoc. Prof. Piotr Dobrowolski
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- Organ structure and function
- Animal welfare
- Hormonal factors
- Metabolism and development