Nanostructured carriers for improved cattle feed

Coordinated by: National Agricultural and Food Centre, Hlohovecká 2, 951 41 Lužianky, Slovak Republic,

Consortium: 8 partners – 5 academic institutions a 3 enterprises

Duration time: 2018 – 2022

Budget: 733 500 Eur

Program: H2020-EU.1.3.3. – Stimulating innovation by means of cross-fertilisation of knowledge

Funding scheme: MSCA-RISE – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Grant agreement ID: 778098

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Project goal

Development of intersectoral cooperation to deliver novel fodder (feed mixture, feed supplements) based on nano and microencapsulation techniques for the controlled release of nutrients solving nutritional deficiencies of cattle, while preventing and reducing diseases and boosting their immunity.

The project NanoFEED connects the experts from the academic sphere, industry and legislation with the aim to identify the new and essential tasks of research and to prepare the basis for the future challenges in the area of food safety.

Project objectives

  • Development of drug delivery systems (nano and microparticle-based feed supplements) to cure dietary disorders of cattle
  • Encapsulation of bio-based food additives (vitamins, proteins) to prevent their metabolism in the rumen and efficient release in abomasum or small intestine
  • Controlled nutrient delivery, animal feed improvements, increased calf survivability, illness prevention.

The innovation is based on the encapsulation of feed supplements into polymeric coaxial nano and microparticles with the core/shell structure, which allows the retention of biological activity of transferred substances and their release in the small intestine.

Project activities

WP1 (Networking): Experience exchange and cooperation between industry and academic sphere

WP2 (Research and Training): Development of feed formulations and gathering of multidisciplinary data

WP3 (Workshop activities): Data and experience transfer between research and industry

WP4 (Innovation activities): Exchange of enterpreneur experience between industry and academic sphere

WP5 (Dissemination and Outreach): Publishing of results of the project NanoFEED.

Consortium and their project tasks

National Agricultural and Food Centre – Slovakia

  • Coorditantor, leading partner of the project
  • Development of drug delivery systems based on microparticles using spray drying (Biocentre Modra)
  • Evaluation of the feed effects on cattle (VUŽV Nitra)

InoCure s. r. o. – Czech republic

  • Development of shell/core particles using electrodynamic spraying, evaulation of their attributes using microscopic, spectroscopic and farmacokinetic methods

DIL - Germany

  • Analytical, chemical and biological evaluation of the developed feed formulations

University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna – Austria

  • Development and evaulation of the feed effect on animal health

Agricultural University of Athens – Greece

  • Development and evaluation of the novel feed formulation in advanced organotypic models which will be used to simulate the gastrointestinal system in vitro

Selcuk University in Konya - Turkey

  • Evaluation of particles and active molecules using high-resolution microscopy, infrared spectroscopy and other advanced analytical methods

Nutrition Sciences N. V. - Belgium

  • Selection of active moleculs in order to achieve maximal effect of animal health

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant – Belgium

  • Delivery of biotechnologically designed chitosan for the development of particles

NanoFEED receives funding from the European Union's H2020 program under Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 778098