Generate new knowledge on the phenotypic and metabolic background of IUGR and low BtW and identify and evaluate perinatal nutritional/supplemental strategies to improve pigs and poultry’ survival, growth and development.
To achieve this aim, 3 objectives and 6 tasks are defined:
1.1) Identify and characterize the subpopulation of pigs and poultry with poor growth potential. Research will focus on IUGR/low BtW piglets and on chickens suffering with body imbalance and underweight broilers at d 7 [Task 1.1 ,Task 1.2].
1.2) Identify determinant factors impacting dynamics of growth [Task 1.3].
1.3) Develop nutritional strategies to improve early development (pigs and poultry) and immunity acquisition (pigs) with special emphasis on the subpopulation of animals with reduced viability at birth [Task 1.4, Task 1.5, Task 1.6].