The course aims to provide students knowledges on additives that can be used in animal husbandry, replacing antibiotics for auxinic use, with particular reference to phytogenics one. The student will be led, also through practical exercises, to recognize additives insidethe diet of farm animals and the purpose of inclusion.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to place the additives within the framework Regulation and through the bibliographic research of scientific articles and the related discussion will develop a critical judgment ability on the effects of additives in animal farm.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
Introduction to the course and overview of the issue : definition of aromatic, officinal and medicinal plants; use of medicinal plants. Active principles Medicinal Plant Chain and transformations Additives: Classification, Register of Additives, Regulation and role of EFSA Alternative to the use of antibiotics: Natural extracts, probiotics, prebiotics Effects on quality of the production Effects on animal health Practical activity on Register of Additives (Annex 1 e Anex 2) Literature Research and research on line on European Regulation Visits to companies and/or EFSA
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of nutrition
Frontal lectures in the classroom and practical activities in the laboratory and in the informatic room. Technical visits to companies and/or EFSA
Assessement methods and criteria
The examination consists of the discussion of a scientific article on the use of natural additives in zootechnical specie and in a written test to ascertain knowledge of the theory. The material available on the Ariel platform allows the formulation of questions aimed at verifying knowledge of the topic.