From the humble beginnings in wheat- and barley-based diets for broilers, the global feed enzyme market is today worth in excess of US$550million and saves an estimated US$3-5billion annually. The rapid growth of this market, notably in the last 5-10 years, is associated primarily with the uptake of phytase technology and the wider use of carbohydrases in corn-based diets, both in response to increasing input costs.
In many ways, the primary function of nutrition research, at least for the past few decades, has been to keep up with changing genetic potential offered to nutritionists by the animal breeding companies. Thus, nutrition research has been re-active rather than pro-active in nature where the new breeds arrive on the market.
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