Enzyme improves energy value of rice bran for swine

Addition of microbial xylanase to diets containing rice bran increases energy value for pigs.

Research at the University of Illinois is finding ways to make rice bran — an abundant co-product of white rice production for human consumption — more efficient as a feed ingredient for pigs.

While 70-100 million tons of rice bran are produced every year worldwide, due to its carbohydrate composition, about a quarter of the energy in rice bran is unavailable to pigs. Dr. Hans H. Stein, University of Illinois professor of animal sciences, along with graduate student Gloria Casas, h

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