Special Issue "Gastrointestinal Physiology and Livestock Nutrition: Impact on Health and Productivity"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 762

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Breves
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Institute for Physiology and Cell Biology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, 30173 Hannover, Germany
Interests: gastrointestinal physiology in ruminants and monogastric animals; rumen and hindgut microbial metabolism
Institute of Animal Nutrition, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Bundesallee 37, 38116 Braunschweig, Germany
Interests: dairy cow nutrition and metabolism; mycotoxins
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Special Issue Information

The application of basic biomedical techniques has substantially contributed to the identification of physiological functions of the gastrointestinal tract in ruminants, pigs, and poultry. These techniques include approaches to characterize both basic functional properties as well as the molecular structures of a huge variety of epithelial parameters. In addition, the availability of state-of-the-art sequencing techniques, including bioinformatics, has provided deep insight into the physiological microbial community of the gastrointestinal tract. From both host properties and the microbial community, profound new regulatory principles of many gastrointestinal parameters have been identified, upgrading many classical concepts of gastrointestinal regulation, with special emphasis on livestock nutrition. This also represents a link between basic gastrointestinal physiology and pathophysiology, as well as a link with qualitative and quantitative aspects of nutrition. The knowledge about these previously only poorly assessable associations helps to identify the criteria relevant to the health and productivity of livestock. This Special Issue aims to present data on these interrelations in the relevant livestock species.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Breves
Prof. Dr. Sven Dänicke
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • gastrointestinal enterocytes
  • epithelial functions
  • nutrition
  • microbial community

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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