The program will address the key issues that improve understanding of animal energetics and protein metabolism required for sustainable animal production.
The program will address these key issues:
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1. Feeding the Planet: Challenges
Mario is a senior agro-ecological systems analyst with more than 15 years experience working on livestock, livelihoods and the environment interactions in Africa, Latin America and Asia. He manages ILRI’s climate change program and leads the Sustainable Livestock Futures Group. He works in the areas of livestock and global change, climate change (impacts, adaptation and mitigation), development of scenarios of livestock and livelihoods futures, ex-ante impact assessment of livestock interventions and investment opportunities, and others. He has experience working at different scales, from the animal and farm level to the regional and global levels. He has published extensively is currently on the editorial board of Agricultural Systems and Global Food Security. He is also a guest editor for PNAS in the area of livestock, sustainability science and global change. He has also supervised over 60 academic theses on different aspects of animal production systems.
2. Do animal products have a place in a ‘scheme’ to feed the planet?
John works in the Farming Systems unit, which is directed towards farming systems orientated research based on a combination of case studies on commercial farms, and representation of important parameters in farm models. The goal is to identify developing possibilities for farms in relation to an improved balance between an efficient agricultural production and the environmental impact of production methods and paying a special attention to the satisfaction of the basic values of the farmer’s family. This includes investigation of improved management strategies in field crops, herd, and on the farm as an entity. John E. Hermansen has special experience in organic livestock farming and is presently heading the project "Organic Pig Production".
3. Challenges to Ruminant Nutrition
Jan’s primary research interest is in modeling digestive and metabolic processes in farm animals, particularly ruminants. Current projects include: Rumen development in calves; grazing behaviour in dairy cattle; energy balance, reproduction and health in early lactating cattle; development of nutrient based feed evaluation systems; enteric methane formation in ruminants; nutritional effects on cattle manure quality; and fatty acid biohydrogenation and desaturation.
Kees obtained his B. Sc. and M. Sc. in Animal Science from the Agricultural University in Wageningen, the Netherlands and a Ph.D. in swine nutrition from the University of Alberta. He worked in the commercial feed industry and applied swine nutrition research and accepted a faculty position in swine nutrition in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the U of Guelph in 1994. He served as pork research coordinator at the U of Guelph from 2002 to 2009. His research program is focused on nutrient metabolism and utilization in the growing pig, including pig feed ingredient evaluation, minimizing the environmental impact of pork production, characterizing effects of nutrition on gut health and pork meat quality, and mathematical modeling of financial and environmental impact of alternative management strategies of growing-finishing pigs. The overall aim is to support growth of sustainable pork production systems.
5. Interaction between nutrients and immunology
Kirk’s research encompasses several interrelated areas. First, with his students and colleagues he examines the impact of an immune response against infectious diseases on growth and reproduction. The interest is in identifying the cytokines and hormones that the immune system releases in order to direct nutritional resources towards defense instead of growth and reproduction. They also quantify the nutritional costs of these immune defenses. Further investigations center on the impact of an animal’s diet on the immune response. Nutrition is clearly an important regulator of immune responses and the research is directed toward understanding the underlying mechanisms.
6. Can animal production participate in agricultural sustainability?
During the past decade, Michael has studied milk and meat nutritional quality and managed a research group on ruminant digestion. He is currently involved in environmental issues of livestock, especially greenhouse gas emissions by ruminants, and collaborates on international projects aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of livestock.