Last June 23rd, the face-to-face event “Science meets practise to reduce the need of antimicrobials in animals” was held in Bologna (Italy) hosted by a sister project, Healthy Livestock, and Schippers Group. The event reunited leading scientists, practitioners, and industry to discuss about alternative solutions and innovations to the use of antimicrobials in animals. As you know, one of the areas that NeoGiANT works on is Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) on animals and how to tackle it through natural and revalorised products which can prevent the use of antimicrobials.
This kind of events help all sorts of stakeholders to share knowledge on animal health, network and find more solutions together. Healthy Levestock’s event had a huge welcome, as 50 attendees were present and also 80 people were connected via Zoom from European countries as well as around 1.200 people joined from China.
Various topics such as agri-food systems, regulations, business perspective, animal welfare, different animal diseases and their treatment or feed for livestock, among others were part of short pitches from different professionals, as well as some conclusions about the Healthy Livestock project. Afterwards, a round table discussions took place including issues like these:
And then, during the second part of the day, there were two parallel interactive sessions addressing these 4 topics:
Marta Lores, our coordinator from University of Santiago de Compostela presented a pitch and a poster about the grape extracts’ antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. As you know, a part of NeoGiANT project consists on revalorizing white grape marc extracts to manufacture high added value products such as feed, medicines and artificial insemination products. You can see a photo of Marta’s pitch here, and under it, the poster she presented.
Felipe Martínez Pastor, from Bianor-Biotech also presented a pitch about his field of expertise, which is animal reproduction. NeoGiANT is making progresses on the artificial insemination sector using the white grape extracts to help with different problems. Felipe explained how at the moment they are testing the formulation compatibility and the safety of the extract for spermatozoa. Here he is, presenting his pitch.
The e-poster about the antibiotic replacement in semen diluents can be found here.
We are so happy that these events can shade some light on AMR , animal welfare, animal and human health with all their sides and perspectives. It is quite positive to be able to reunite so many professionals from different sectors and to get their valuable insights. And, of course, it is nice to see face-to-face events slowly coming back, as we told you in this post about NeoGiANT’s activities during the month of June.
Claudia Serra, from the University of Porto, also presented an electronic poster in the event, this time about the use of grape extract properties in aquaculture. NeoGiANT is investigating how to tackle some fish diseases and their prevention through the extracts to reduce the use of synthetic antibiotics in this sector. You can see it here.