The Nutrition pillar integrates knowledge on diet and how dietary components, intestinal tissues, and the gut microbiome interact for the goal of robust piglet gut health and prevention of AMR spread through reduced antibiotic use. Specifically, this pillar encompasses research designed to provide significant, fundamental advances on nutrition-mediated influences on the piglet intestine and gut microbiome, including aspects of nutrition and metabolites for the identification of biomarkers to predict and diagnose intestinal inflammation and oxidative distress the potential for post-weaning diarrhea and hence the need for antibiotic use. These facets is will be investigated throughwith the overarching hypothesis: Specific, diet mediated intestinal configurations of the microbiome, metabolome, and mucosa predispose piglets to diarrhea and these configurations can be prevented by nutritional approaches.
Research in the Nutrition Pillar focuses on four key areas:
The Nutrition Pillar emphasizes the following research themes: