The overall objective of this Department is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable, efficient, environmentally friendly animal production systems able to yield high-quality food products. This final goal is pursued through an improved understanding of the physiological and biochemical processes related with nutrients utilization in livestock and birds.
Lines of Research:
- Metabolism of nutrients and energy in the animal’s organism, its organs and tissues: effects on the animal’s development and on the quality of its products. Nutritive evaluation. Energy and nutritional requirements.
- Metabolism and ecology of animal-microbe interactions within the gastrointestinal tract.
- Study of the mechanisms of action and biological effects of chemical fractions of foodstuffs, bioactive compounds and metabolic modifiers.
- Mineral availability and metabolism.