The activities of the SC and of its members

The Commission organizes the planned sessions during the annual meeting of the EAAP  and workshops on specific topics. The members of the Commission organize also meetings, congresses, workshops, that are shown in the events and meetings section

One of the working groups of the Commission is dedicated to Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition. The EAAP co-initiated a series of international symposia on this topic. Already 5 International Symposia on Energy and Protein Metabolism and Nutrition (ISEP) have been organized, and a 6th is scheduled for 9-12 September 2019 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

At the 69th EAAP meeting in Dubrovnik the following sessions are planned:

Multidisciplinary approaches for improving sustainable livestock production
Jaap van Milgen

Livestock production is an essential component of a sustainable food supply. The dimensions of sustainability in combination with the complexity of biology call for multidisciplinary approaches to assess the functioning of (components of) livestock production systems. Abstracts in this topic should have a multidisciplinary approach (e.g., nutrition and genetics, genetics and immune control of infectious diseases, integrated health/management strategies and economics) and may arise from multidisciplinary projects such as Feed-a-Gene and Saphir

Nutrition, inflammation and oxidative stress
Eleni Tsiplakou

Oxidative stress is viewed as an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and their elimination by protective mechanisms which can lead to chronic inflammation. Many dietary bioactive compounds such as polyphenols, flovonoids, carotenoids, amino acids etc. may are useful as adjuvant therapy for their potential anti-inflammatory effect, associated with antioxidant activity. On the other hand over/under- feeding, maternal malnutrition or obesogenic maternal diets are associated also with oxidative stress and inflammation

New technologies to improve feed efficiency
Emmanuelle Apper

In the coming years and because of the increase in global food of animal origin (meat, milk, eggs) demand, breeding industry will face the challenge of increasing production yield whilst being more sustainable. Increased feed-efficiency is one way to achieve this goal. Precision nutrition, feed distribution automation, modification of coproducts properties by using new technologies are few examples.There are probably other new technologies which will be developed. What is the near future to improve the feed-efficiency?

Non-invasive biomarkers in nutritional studies
Roselinde Goselink        

With the ethical debate stimulating a reduction of the number of animal experiments and further improvement of animal welfare in experiments, the application of non-invasive biomarkers becomes more and more relevant for nutritional studies. At the same time the continuous development in technological solutions helps us to increase our data collection on the physiology and metabolic state, without interfering the animal. What are the current developments in non-invasive biomarkers, how can we define restrictions and what may be future solutions?

Nutritional and feeding strategies to face consequences of climate change
Geert Bruggeman

The change of climate in various regions of the world can have major consequences for livestock production. Increasing temperature will obviously increase the risk on heat stress, while on the other hand crop production may change with temperature and draught. The disadvantages as well as possible benefits from climate change on livestock and feed production may be pointed out, as well as nutritional strategies to face heat stress and other climate-related effects on livestock production. (to write the potential sessions for Dubrovnik)