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Editor's view: A little bit more phytase please

‘High levels of phytase can save money’ was the header of one of the news items that was published this week on Enzymes are big business and popular than ever, boosted by price pressure of raw materials and increased use of plant materials in animal diets.

During the last 30 years, research has led to increased use of soybean meal and other plant material as protein sources in animal feed. One problem that had to be overcome was the presence of anti-nutritional factors, including phytate-bound phosphorus, in plant meal. phytate-bound phosphorus is not digested by monogastric animals, but can be effectively converted to available phosphorus by adding the enzyme phytase to the diet.

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