The German Research Foundation (DFG) has recently approved new interdisciplinary research into the development of an antibiotic-free diet for pigs.
The grants were made public late last year and were approved as of January 1, 2010.©©
Project CRC 852, called “Nutrition and Intestinal Microbiota – Host Interaction in the Pig”, will be carried out at several universities and will take an interdisciplinary approach in addressing the effect of nutrition on intestinal function and animal health.©
Researchers at the Free University in Berlin aim to treat swine diseases that have health-policy and economic relevance more effectively or even prevent them. In particular, they seek to achieve greater efficiency in animal husbandry without the use of antibiotics.©
This research will open up numerous possibilities for animal nutrition, health, and food safety.
The potential transferability of the results to humans is a long-term part of the research programme.
Host university will be the Free University in Berlin; other participating universities are Charité University Hospital, Berlin; Humboldt University in Berlin; Technical University of Berlin.©
A number of institutions will participate as well, like the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Berlin; German Institute of Human Nutrition, Potsdam-Rehbrücke.
In total, the DFG approved the establishment of 17 new Collaborative Research Centres as of 1 January 2010. The new centres will initially be funded for four years with a total of €132 million.©