COST Action FA1401 “European network on the factors affecting the gastro-intestinal microbial balance and the impact on the health status of pigs (PiGutNet)”
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University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL), Viale G. Fanin 46, 40127 Bologna, Italy
Parco Tecnologico Padano, Via Einstein, Loc. Cascina Codazza, 26900, Lodi, Italy
Aarhus University, Department of Animal Science, Blichers Alle 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Departament of Animal and Food Sciences, Animal Nutrition and Welfare Service (SNiBA), 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Health Science, School of Veterinary Medicine, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Research Center on Food and Nutrition (CRA-NUT), Agricultural Research Council, Via Ardeatina 546 00178 Rome, Italy
University of Novi Sad, Institute of Food Technology, Bul. cara Lazara 1, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Animal Nutrition, Königin-Luise-Str. 49, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Publication date: 2015-06-14
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P. Trevisi   

University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL), Viale G. Fanin 46, 40127 Bologna, Italy
J. Anim. Feed Sci. 2015;24(2):166-170
The “hoped for” reduction in the use of antibiotics in pig by EU producers has not been materialized as they are still being widely used for the control of enteric infectious diseases. This practice can spread antibiotic resistance in the farm environment and poses a threat to consumer health. Whilst it is widely recognized that a diversified gastro-intestinal tract (GIT) microbiota is essential for optimal health and performance, the underlying factors favoring the development and maintenance of a balanced intestinal microbiota are not fully understood. PiGutNet will establish the first European network focused on this topic, joining specialists in all research areas. It will define both environmental and host genetic factors affecting the GIT microbiota and the complex interactions between microbiota and gut maturation, to maintain a healthy gut throughout life. The network will coordinate databases and unravel innovative tools to define the status of intestinal eubiosis in pigs. The most important outcomes will be genome/metabolome-wide association studies and the provision of a road map to increase pig resistance against GIT infections. This will have an important translational potential, being the foundation for European companies to develop strategies in the areas of feed additives and animal husbandry, resulting in improved animal health and welfare, consumer protection and competitive advantage for the European agriculture.
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