Animal microbiome analysis

Veterinary researchers, feed manufacturers, animal breeders and animal pharmaceutical companies have a growing interest in animal microbiome research. Animal microbiome research focuses on studying the microbial populations that inhabit animals, in order to determine their role in health, disease, and development. Better understanding and control of the animal microbiome will lead to advances in animal nutrition through probiotics, feed additives and customized diets.

BaseClear offers complete animal microbiome analysis and reporting services for better insights of microbial populations and their functions. BaseClear is involved in several projects that are focused on this emerging research area to identify and characterize the microbiomes of various animal species.

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The animal microbiome

Research has shown that drastic changes in diet and environment of livestock and wild animals can cause a loss of microbial diversity and an imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria in the gut. The latest research in this field is focusing on manipulating the animal microbiome. Techniques and products that manipulate the animal microbiome are set to be the next frontier in disease therapeutics, diagnostics, and nutrition in livestock. Our animal microbiome analysis services can assist you in researching the microbial diversity of the gut bacteria of animals.

Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR)

Animal microbiome analysis is used in a wide variety of research studies. BaseClear works for various customers in the animal industry. Some of our customers are in from the animal husbandry industry, in which they investigate the feed conversion ratio (FCR). FCR is the ratio measuring of the efficiency with which the bodies of livestock convert animal feed into the desired output. For dairy cows, for example, the output is milk, whereas in animals raised for meat the output is the flesh, that is, the body mass gained by the animal, represented either in the final mass of the animal or the mass of the dressed output. Recent research has shown strong relations between the FCR and the animal microbiome.

Reducing antibiotic use in the livestock industry

The use of antibiotics in the livestock industry is a rapidly emerging issue. The antibiotic resistance crisis is largely a numbers game. Every time antibiotics are used, the risk for emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria goes up. More action is needed to reduce the number of antibiotics used in food-producing animals. Vaccines that exert protective or therapeutic effects against pathogens may reduce the use of antimicrobials, the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance, and the harmful impacts of these drugs on the microbiome. Other strategies involving manipulation of the microbiome to deplete antibiotic-resistant organisms or to enhance immune responses to vaccines may prove valuable in addressing antimicrobial resistance as well.

Reducing greenhouse gasses

The need to feed an ever growing global population while also being required to limit the negative impacts on the environment associated with livestock production is a major challenge for global agriculture. Methane originating from ruminant livestock production is responsible for nearly 40% of global agriculture’s emissions, with cattle identified as the main contributor. Understanding of the role of diet, host feed efficiency and genetics on the rumen microbiome and environmental outputs in beef cattle can help in the quest of manipulating the microbiome to reduce the production of greenhouse gases.

Animal Models for Microbiome Research

Most microbiome research to date has focused on the mouse as a model organism for delineating the mechanisms that shape the assembly and dynamic operations of microbial communities. However, mice are not perfect surrogates for studying different aspects of the microbiome and how it responds to various environmental and host stimuli. As a result, researchers have been conducting microbiome studies in other animals. In order to examine different animal models researchers employ in microbiome studies and to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each of these model organisms as they relate to human and non-human health and disease.


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Animal microbiome experts meeting

We are just beginning to understand the role of animal microbiome in animal health, nutrition, research, and even in solutions for greener agriculture. As a part of our mission in accelerating the understanding and use of microorganisms for a more sustainable, safer and healthier future, one of our goals at BaseClear is to become a leading partner in animal microbiome research. For this we routinely organise expert meetings wherein scientists and researchers meet, share and discuss microbiome projects, challenges and opportunities.For this we routinely organise expert meetings wherein scientists and researchers meet, share and discuss microbiome projects, challenges and opportunities. On Thursday November 28th, we are once again organising an 1-day expert-meeting on Animal Microbiome Research.

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The microbiome is the organ that connects animal nutrition and health

The animal microbiome shapes the growth, metabolism, feed utilization, immune system, body composition, and even behaviour of its host animal. The animal gut microbiome is considered as an organ that converts unabsorbed feed into thousands of biomolecules that affect animal performance, physiology and health. BaseClear offers several services packages to help you in get more insight in these processes.

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Meet Radhika Bongoni!

Radhika is our Head of Business Development. She is specialised in microbiome analysis and regulatory affairs and its applications in Human Health, Personal Care and Animal Nutrition. Radhika received her Ph.D. in Food technology from Wageningen University and an MBA from Tias School for Business & Society. With techno-commercial expertise, she is involved in business growth and market penetration by fostering relationships with partners. Prior to BaseClear, Radhika was responsible for establishing dietary supplements market in western Europe, India, South Africa and Russia.

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