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Research Could Provide Feed Antibiotic Alternative

by 5m Editor
21 August 2009, at 1:00am

OTTAWA, CANADA - A joint research proposal from Chemaphor and the National Research Council of Canada Institute for Nutrisciences and Health (NRC-INH) has received funding support from the Government of Prince Edward Island (PEI), to research which could promise an alternative to antibiotic use in feeds in the agriculture and aquaculture sectors.

The research proposal to evaluate the effects of oxidized beta-carotene ((-carotene), otherwise known as OxBC, on gut immunity is funded through the Province's Discovery and Development Fund.

This new project directly builds on the results of Chemaphor and NRC-INH's recent collaborative pilot study funded through the Innovation PEI Pilot Fund, which demonstrated OxBC's ability to enhance the intestinal immune system of mice.

With financial support of approximately $90,000 from PEI's Discovery and Development Fund, the new project aims to develop and implement genomic-based technologies that will be used to more broadly evaluate OxBC's effects on the mouse intestinal immune system. Although modeled on mice, this research has the potential to lay the foundation for the use of OxBC as a novel gut immune system enhancer for other animals, with potential benefits that include providing a promising alternative to antibiotic use in feeds in the agriculture and aquaculture sectors.


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