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What affects protein digestion in broiler chickens?

PhD defence, Thursday 4 March 2021. Naja Bloch Pedersen

2021.03.04 | Helle Mitzi Thomsen Reichl

Naja Bloch Pedersen

During her PhD studies, Naja Bloch Pedersen researched protein digestion in broiler chickens. The demand for poultry meat is growing. The economy and sustainability of the broiler chicken production depends on a broad knowledge of nutrient digestion. Naja Bloch Pedersen studied how nutrient from different feed ingredients influence protein digestion and protein digestion kinetics in complex diets. An in vitro model was developed to mimic digestion of proteins over time in broiler chickens.  

The acquired knowledge contributes to the understanding of protein digestion in broilers chickens, which can improve formulation of more efficient and sustainable diets.

The PhD study was completed at Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, in collaboration with Novozymes and funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Thursday, 4. marts 2021 at 08:00

The PhD defence will be held online. Link to the event: https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/66014281862

Title of PhD thesis:
Understanding protein digestion in broilers - An in vivo and in vitro study.

Contact information:
Naja Bloch Pedersen, e-mail: nbp@novozymes.com, tel.: +45 30773039.

Members of the assessment committee:

Professor Mingan Choct, Department of Animal Science, University of New England, Australia.
Professor Emerita Anne Helene Tauson, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Copenhagen University, Denmark.
Senior Scientist Peter Kappel Theil (chair), Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Main supervisors:
Professor Mette Olaf Nielsen, Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Senior Scientist Adam Christian Storm, Animal health and nutrition, Novozymes A/S, Denmark.

Science Manager Lærke Tvedebrink Haahr, Animal health and nutrition, Novozymes A/S, Denmark.

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.tech@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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