June 15, 2017

15/06/2017: DuPont Scientist to speak at AgriVision today

Image courtesy of DuPont Industrial Biosciences
 DuPont announced that Dr Andrew Morgan – DuPont Fellow and Chief Scientist, DuPont Nutrition & Health – will present on the emerging science of the microbiome and how it might potentially provide solutions to address the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance at AgriVision 2017. 

 The conference – which will run June 13-15, 2017, in Noordwijk aan Zee, the Netherlands – is organised by Nutreco, a global leader in animal nutrition and aqua feed. 

 Dr Morgan will join a wide range of speakers – including former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. 

 At the conference three key themes will be explored: 

  • Technology and big data in agriculture. 
  • Agricultural development.
  • Strategies to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

 Dr Morgan’s presentation will focus on the global challenge of reducing antibiotic use, looking at how microbiome science might potentially enable solutions including probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes. 

 He said, “The science is relatively new – the microbiome has only been studied for the past 10 to 15 years. There are tens of trillions of microbial cells, more than 1,000 species of microbes encoding millions of genes in the human microbiome and it is apparent that it plays a very important role in our health. It is important to understand how antibiotics affect such an important microbial ecosystem and to find ways to mitigate any negative consequences including anti-microbial resistance.” 

 While the use of antibiotics has immense benefits, the effect on beneficial microbes in both the human and animal gut microbiome could pose other, potentially longer-term problems. Dr Morgan will highlight the results of a study showing that a probiotic can help reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal disorders caused by the use of antibiotics. In the area of animal nutrition & health, Dr Morgan will highlight how current feed enzymes and animal probiotics improve digestibility and promote animal gut health, and how microbiome science has the potential to yield future solutions to address AMR in livestock production. 

 Dr Morgan continued, “The future of microbial science as an answer for AMR is promising, but it is still early day. It will require a multi-stakeholder collaborative approach – the kind we’ve seen between DuPont and Nutreco – to find solutions to tackle this important global challenge.” 

 Viggo Halseth, Nutreco Chief Innovation Officer commented, “DuPont has been an important partner for Nutreco. Our collaboration on feed enzymes goes back decades. Promoting animal gut health is a focus area for Nutreco in finding nutritional solutions to combat AMR. We are eager to learn where microbiome science could help us in that respect.” 

 Follow the hyperlinks to learn more about DuPont solutions for gut health probiotics for humans and for animals. You may also download a copy of Dr. Morgan’s presentation. 

 Dr Andrew Morgan has over 35 years of experience in research and development, including human health & nutrition, animal nutrition, industrial enzymes and crop science as well as innovation management, business development and corporate venturing. He will be speaking during the afternoon session on Wednesday, June 14.

Visit the DuPont website here. 

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