Special Issue "Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Tropical Areas"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2022) | Viewed by 14508
Interests: animal nutrition; ruminant nutrition; animal production
Interests: grazing; animal production; ruminant nutrition
The world population is expected to increase in the upcoming years. As a consequence, the demand for livestock and livestock products will also increase. The development of efficient and sustainable feeding systems is required to meet this demand. One of the main objectives in animal nutrition is, therefore, to explore alternative feeds for animals.
In tropical areas, rangelands with native heterogeneous vegetation, including grasses, legumes, trees, and shrubs, are the primary forage source for ruminants. However, seeds from native trees or shrubs have been investigated less for their properties. At the same time, there are low-cost supplements with a positive effect on rumen fermentation and environmentally friendly production.
During dry seasons, pasture availability decreases, and ruminants depend on perennial grasses and agricultural by-products. The latter include crop residues (straw of cereals, stover from maize and sorghum, and legume haulms and pods) and agro-industrial by-products. However, there is a need to improve the nutritional value of agricultural wastes for ruminants through various processes. Tropical fruits processing by-products could also be a good carbohydrates provider with some bio-favorable components. Lastly, the positive impact of innovative tropical feeds on the health of animals and products quality is also a current issue to be investigated deeper.
This Special Issue aims to help veterinarians, students, university researchers, and professors involved in animal production with scientific articles, an updated bibliography, and short communications on new potential feeds for feeding animals that could be used for efficient and sustainable production.
We are interested in articles and reviews in the following areas: nutritional strategies to improve production efficiency, alternative feeds and feed additives, agricultural wastes, fruits and fish by-products, tropical plant seeds, and nutraceutical properties of feeds. Manuscripts that focus on one or more of these areas are welcome.
Dr. Monica Isabella Cutrignelli
Dr. Maria N.T. Shipandeni
Dr. Bossima Ivan Koura
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- nutritional strategies
- alternative feeds
- Tropical Areas
- feeding animals