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22 Avr 2013

Opening of the Monogastric Center of Excellence.

22 Avr 2013

The 9th April 2013, marked the official opening of Lallemand Animal Nutrition new research unit: The Monogastric Center of Excellence (MCE).

Fruit of a long-term partnership between Lallemand Animal Nutrition and the University of Nottingham, the MCE offers the Company an experienced technical and human platform whose recognised expertise in monogastric research strengthens the company’s commitment to R&D in this area. 

Based on what has been successfully done for several years for the development of Lallemand Ruminant range through scientific partnerships with INRA and IRB, the Monogastric Centre of Excellence has for objective to bring in-depth and novel insights into the modes of action of microbial ecosystems in relation to Lallemand’s probiotic solutions for pig and poultry. 

“Despite recent developments, we still have a lot to discover concerning the digestive microflora, probiotic applications, and their consequences on monogastrics nutrition. This Monogastric Center of Excellence fits perfectly with Lallemand ‘Field-led  Science –Supported’ approach”, commented  Yannig Le Treut, General Manager of Lallemand Animal Nutrition, in his introduction. 

The 50 guests that attended the event (customers, partners and colleagues) were offered several high-quality scientific presentations. 

 Once Dr Ken Mellits (MCE) had highlighted the shared objectives between Lallemand and the University of Nottingham, Dr. Mélanie Le Bon and Phil Richards (MCE) gave an update of the work already accomplished by the team concerning the response of the host –and its microflora- to stress events, as well a the effects of probiotics on these microbial ecosystems.

 Later on, Prof. Julien Wiseman (U. of Nottingham) presented the various levers to take into account when formulating piglet feed, and their ability to influence the hindgut. 

Finally, Dr. Jean-Paul Lallès (INRA) and Prof. Robin Spiller (Univ. of Nottingham) highlighted some human studies and their possible applications to the pig model: the former by mentioning the relationship between the physiology of the digestive tract and stress periods; the later by arguing about the role of the microflora (dysbiosis) in the human Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  

David Guillou (Lallemand Animal Nutrition) was the one who closed the day: “ The best is still to come! The range of laboratory and bioinformatic techniques at the hand of our scientists will strengthen the reputation of our products to serve the Pig and Poultry markets.”

 Monogastric centre of excellence