French researchers create tool for vetting phytogenics

French researchers create tool for vetting phytogenics

French research institutes have invested in the exploration of the viability of phytogenic feed additives in animal feed. (Looker_Studio | fotolia.com)

The plant world is a rich resource for feed additives — with many plant extracts, essential oils and blends commercially available worldwide — but do you really know what you’re using? French researchers collaborate in Mexavi project to answer this question.

Plant extracts and essential oils have become more and more popular in commercial flocks with a clear increase linked to the “antibiotic-free” trends. France’s Poultry Technical Institute (ITAVI) and its National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) just finished Mexavi, a three-year-long project to develop a scientifically proven method to evaluate plant extracts and their ability to enhance bird’s immune system.

Read the full article at: Feed Strategy | January/February 2021