7 May 2015

While the feed industry is yet to fully understand non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) enzymes despite 25 years of research, a renewed focus is seeing more exploration than ever before.

AB Vista, which established the first international INSPIRE Forum one year ago to initiate collaboration to address the industry research shortcomings, believes that a number of universities and academic organisations have since accelerated research into the complex work of NSPs.

“NSP enzymes have huge potential and can bring real commercial value to the animal production industry, so it’s vital to know all we can about them – yet as an industry, we’re not quite there,” AB Vista Managing Director Richard Cooper says.

“But since the INSPIRE Forum, NSP research really seems to have propelled across the globe; a number of universities have conducted independent studies, which have complemented the projects we fund ourselves. While there is still more work to be done, we feel closer than ever to understanding these complex enzymes.”

AB Vista’s Research Director Mike Bedford adds: “At the rate of our research, within two years we expect to have a very good idea about the mode of action of xylanase enzymes. In fact, we are already applying tools discovered from this research to help screen for better-performing NSP products.

“And this is really the key reason behind INSPIRE; to research and apply science that brings value commercially to the animal production industry.”

The INSPIRE Forum was hosted by AB Vista on March 31- April 2 in 2014 in Pitlochry, Scotland.

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Notes to editor:

AB Vista is a global supplier of micro-ingredients for the animal feed industry.

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AB Vista is an animal nutrition technology company offering pioneering products and technical services to the global animal feed industry. Since its establishment in 2004, AB Vista has grown to be a top-three player in feed enzymes and is also one of the largest suppliers of natural betaine to the global animal nutrition industry. The company invests heavily in research and development and has a growing portfolio of products and services spanning the poultry, swine, ruminant and aquaculture sectors. AB Vista is headquartered in the UK, with regional offices located in the USA, Brazil, Singapore, Spain, India, China, Germany and Finland. AB Vista is part of AB Agri, the agricultural division of Associated British Foods, one of Europe’s largest food & retail companies with a market capitalisation of £22 billion.