Satellite symposia

Four satellite symposia have been scheduled for Tuesday, 21 August 2018. There will be two concurrent morning sessions followed by two concurrent afternoon session (please see further information below). Attendance at any satellite symposium is included in the DPP2018 registration fee, and please indicate during registration if you would like to secure a place at a satellite symposium.

8:30am – 12:00pm

COST Action FA1401 – PiGutNet: Factors affecting the gastro-intestinal microbial balance and the impact on the health status of pigs

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.


Moderators: Prof Paolo Trevisi, University of Bologna, and Prof Jürgen Zentek, Freie Universität Berlin

Prof Andrew van Kessel, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Bacteria sensing and development of the pig gut microbiota (TLR etc)

Prof Junujun Wang, China Agricultural University, Bejing
Maternal imprinting of the neonatal piglet microbiota by the sow

Dr Sam Abraham, Murdoch University, Perth
Potential relevance of pig gut content transplantation for research and production

Dr Alfons Jansman, Wageningen Livestock Research 
Impact of pig gut health on the feeding requirements

Prod Paolo Bosi, University of Bologna
Genotype relevance for the pig gut microbiota

Dr Nuria Canibe, Aarhus University
Faecal transplantation for establishing a feed-efficient microbiota in pigs

Prof John PluskeMurdoch University, Perth
Innovative approaches to mitigate post- weaning diarrhea in piglets

Dr Barbara Williams, University of Queensland, Brisbane
Fermentation of soluble and insoluble fibres in the pig gut: Microbial activities and communities

8:30am – 12:00pm

Evonik: Trends in Feeding Concepts for Optimal Swine Production

Recent advancement in feeding concepts have made significant impact in improving feed efficiency and optimizing pig production. This is crucial to meet the demand for meat of growing world population, but at the same time, there are stricter governmental regulations to reduce nitrogen pollution resulting from intensive livestock production. Furthermore, several nutritional strategies to improve gut health and to reduce the environmental impact of swine production are continuously developed. This symposium emphasizes on some of the recent feeding strategies including the interactive effects of dietary fiber and crude protein on gut health, performance and nitrogen excretion, application of an integrated low protein concept, and innovative feeding concepts (guanidinoacetic acid) in improving swine production. In addition, a global review on meat and bone meal quality, current best practices of Australian swine production and advanced feeding strategies to optimize the productivity of prolific sows and piglets will be presented.

Prof Martin Nyachoti, University of Manitoba, Canada
Interactive effects of dietary fiber and crude protein on gut health, performance and N excretion

Dr John Htoo, Director Global Technical Support (Swine), Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH, Germany
Application of an integrated low protein diet concept to maximize nutrient utilization and minimize nitrogen excretion of pigs

Dr Dave Henmann, Rivalea, R and I Manager Stockfeeds, Australia
Best practices in swine production: Experiences from Australia

Ms Sheila Ramos, Senior Technical Service Manager, Evonik Animal Nutrition, Singapore
Nutritional value of meat and bone Meal: A global review

Dr Balachandar Jayaraman, Technical Service Manager, Evonik Animal Nutrition, Singapore
Guanidinoacetic acid in swine performance

Prof Georg Dusel, University of Applied Sciences – TH Bingen, Germany
Feeding strategies (dietary fiber, amino acids, energy) to optimize productivity of prolific sows and piglets


1:00pm – 4:30pm

Riddet Institute: The Pig as a Nutritional Model for the Human

For many aspects related to human nutrition, it is difficult to obtain data in human subjects. This may be due to difficulties in the collection of samples, or ethical considerations. Thus it is often necessary to use data generated using animal models. The pig has a very similar digestive tract physiology to the human, and has been widely used as a nutritional model for the human. During this symposium reviews will be presented on the use of the pig as a model for the human for the nutritional regulation of protein synthesis, evaluation of dietary protein quality, fibre fermentation in the gastrointestinal tract, mechanisms of action of soluble dietary fibres on lipid and cholesterol metabolism, and the effect of heat stress on gut integrity.

Dr Suzanne Hodgkinson, MIFST, Massey University, New Zealand
The pig as a model for evaluation of dietary protein quality

Dr Carlos Montoya, MIFST, Massey University, New Zealand
Using the pig model to study fibre fermentation in the gastrointestinal tract

Prof Frank Dunshea, University of Melbourne, Australia
Effect of heat stress on gut integrity in the pig model

Dr Nima Gunness, Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), The University of Queensland, Australia
The use of pigs to investigate the mechanisms of action of soluble dietary fibres on lipid and cholesterol metabolism

Prof Teresa Davies, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
The pig as a model for the study of the nutritional regulation of protein synthesis

Prof Knud Erik Bach Knudsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Pig models to study the mode of actions of carbohydrates and phytochemicals during digestion and absorption

1:00pm – 4:30pm

DSM Nutritional Products: Gastro-Intestinal Functionality and Health

The global concern around antimicrobial resistance is putting pressure on the animal production industry to remove AGPs from diets and to minimize the therapeutic use of antibiotics. The need to find the best alternative solutions requires the industry to improve its knowledge and understanding of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of the animals. The Symposium is aimed at providing an overview on the GIT functionality and health, how we can assess its status through proper biomarkers and, finally, how some nutritional strategies can positively impact it and hence improving animal health, welfare and performance.

Dr Pietro Celi, DSM
Definition of Gastro-Intestinal Functionality and Health and Biomarkers

Prof Charlotte Lauridsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Is there a connection between gut functionality and immune response?

Prof John Pluske, Murdoch University, Australia
How feed materials and feed processing can impact on GIT functionality: focus on post-weaning diets

Dr Aaron Cowieson, DSM
Feed enzymes and gut health

Prof Jurgen Zentek, Free University Berlin, Germany
Benefits of eubiotics on piglet gut health

Prof Mark Lyte, Iowa State University, USA
Microbiota and gut-brain axis: how it’s affecting behaviour