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Engineering    2017, Vol. 3 Issue (5) : 726 -730
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Molecular Structure of Feeds in Relation to Nutrient Utilization and Availability in Animals: A Novel Approach
Peiqiang Yu(),Luciana L. Prates
Department of Animal and Poultry Science, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8, Canada

The invention and development of new research concepts, novel methodologies, and novel bioanalytical techniques are essential in advancing the animal sciences, which include feed and nutrition science. This article introduces a novel approach that shows the potential of advanced synchrotron-based bioanalytical technology for studying the effects of molecular structural changes in feeds induced by various treatments (e.g., genetic modification, gene silencing, heat-related feed processing, biofuel processing) in relation to nutrient digestion and absorption in animals. Advanced techniques based on synchrotron radiation (e.g., synchrotron radiation infrared microspectroscopy (SR-IMS) and synchrotron radiation X-ray techniques) have been developed as a fast, noninvasive, bioanalytical technology that, unlike traditional wet chemistry methods, does not damage or destroy the inherent molecular structure of the feed. The cutting-edge and advanced research tool of synchrotron light (which is a million times brighter than sunlight) can be used to explore the inherent structure of biological tissue at cellular and molecular levels at ultra-high spatial resolutions. In conclusion, the use of recently developed bioanalytical techniques based on synchrotron radiation along with common research techniques is leading to dramatic advances in animal feed and nutritional research.

Keywords Inherent molecular structure      Synchrotron radiation applications      Molecular nutrition      Feed science technology      Molecular imaging      Nutrient digestion and absorption     
Corresponding Authors: Peiqiang Yu   
Just Accepted Date: 03 May 2017   Online First Date: 28 July 2017    Issue Date: 08 November 2017
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Peiqiang Yu,Luciana L. Prates. Molecular Structure of Feeds in Relation to Nutrient Utilization and Availability in Animals: A Novel Approach[J]. Engineering, 2017, 3(5): 726 -730 .
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