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Improvement of lupins and lathyrus for broilers and egg layers by enzyme tr
Program Chicken Meat
Research organisation University of Western Australia
Objective summary To provide the poultry industry with suitable alternatives to animal proteins (eg. meatmeal) and imported soybean meal by improving the nutritive value of locallygrown legumes lupins and lathyrus. We think that if these legumes are treated with enzymesthat are not present in the digestive tract of birds a more extensive breakdown of pectin and therefore cell walls can be acheived. By doing so we should be able to; i) increase the nutritive value by making more nutrients available to the bird for digestion; ii) reduce waterholding capacity of digesta and hence wet droppings iii) reduce viscosity of digesta and allow a greater digestibility of released nutrients and iv) reduce excretion of nutrients into the environment.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Friday, December 01, 2006
Project completion date Friday, October 24, 2008
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Adoption of R&D
RIRDC goal CME-Increase the productivity and efficiency of chicken meat production
Principal researcher Ian Williams
Research manager Kylie Hewson
Admin contact Christine Casey