Preparation and Evaluation of Prebiotics in Poultry
Carbohydrase application is ubiquitous in poultry diets, due to their positive influence on nutrient availability and viscosity. Recently there has been heightened interest in the added advantages of these enzymes on producing smaller chain oligosaccharides in the gastrointestinal tract with prebiotic properties. There is also evidence that supplementing poultry diets directly with these oligosaccharides induces positive effects on bird performance and health.
These supplementary oligosaccharides could be produced from milling waste products. However, currently there is a lack of accurate methodologies available for manufacturing and measuring polymers and their resulting oligosaccharides. Thus, the aim of this project will be to develop methods to measure polymers commonly found in poultry feed and milling waste-products, and generate techniques to produce and measure oligosaccharides derived from these polymers. The focus will be primarily on xylo-oligosaccharides and gluco-oligosaccharides. In vitro evaluation of the prebiotic abilities of these oligosaccharides for poultry will also be conducted. We are seeking an Australian student to work on this project 3 years full time.
The School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England is offering, an exciting PhD project in poultry research. Funded through AB Vista, the University is offering an RTP Domestic Stipend Scholarship for the successful domestic candidate. This amounts to AU$30,000 per annum, tax free for up to three years to support a full-time PhD candidate.
Selection Criteria and Desirable Attributes
The successful candidate should have a Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry and experience in polymer chemistry. Experience in LCMS and an avid interest in poultry is desirable.
Candidates must provide:
- A statement explaining how your academic background, experience and interests make you a suitable candidate for the project, and
- Curriculum Vitae, including lists of any publications and technical skills (lab and/or field based)