Grupo Uvesa participates in the MICOALGA_FEED innovation project whose objective is to develop new feed supplemented with fungi and microalgae that have antibiotic, immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory capacity for use in chicken growth farms.
The initiative will last two years and has a budget of more than half a million euros, 80% co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) of the European Union and 20% by the Ministry of Agriculture , Fishing and Food, within the framework of the National Rural Development Program 2014-2020.
MICOALGA-FEED will be developed in several stages. In a first phase, the ingredients and combinations of them based on fungi and microalgae with the greatest potential will be selected, for the subsequent design and production of feed. From there, in vitro and in vivo tests will be carried out to confirm the antimicrobial, immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory capacity, the efficacy of the feed will be verified in the experimental farm and the quality of the meat obtained will be evaluated. Satisfactory results would make it possible to reduce the therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock.
All this thanks to the creation of a multidisciplinary team coordinated by the Fundación Empresa Universidad Gallega (FEUGA), and in which, in addition to Grupo Uvesa, the companies Hifas Veterinary S.L., NeoAlgae Micro Seaweed Products S.L.N.E. The AINIA Technological Center, the University of Vigo, the Institute for Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA) and the University of Oviedo participate as subcontracted members.
In addition, the project has the collaboration of the Spanish Association of Poultry Science (AECA, Spanish branch of the World Poultry Science Association, WPSA), the Spanish Foundation for the Development of Animal Nutrition (FEDNA), the Spanish Confederation of Manufacturers of Compound Feed for Companion Animals (CESFAC) and the Spanish Interprofessional Association of Poultry Meat (AVIANZA).