BIOMIN Announces 2016 World Nutrition Forum Speakers

World Nutrition ForumOver 800 industry professionals, researchers and academics from across the world are expected to attend the 7th edition of the biennial World Nutrition Forum, the premier animal nutrition event hosted by BIOMIN.

‘Driving the Protein Economy’ will be the theme of this year’s forum. “Geographically, the modern livestock industry spans roughly one-third of the planet’s ice-free terrestrial surface. Structurally, it is organized into long market chains that employ more than 1.3 billion people worldwide. Nutritionally, livestock products contribute nearly one out of every five calories consumed by people and offer all the essential amino acids our bodies require,” explained Dr. Binder. "The rapid pace of technological advancement will continuously redefine the industry in the coming years," she added.

"The importance of scientific innovation cannot be overstated. The Earth’s finite resources and growing population require us to pursue a sustainable agenda alongside profits. Knowledge sharing underpins these efforts," noted Erich Erber, founder of BIOMIN and member of the supervisory board of ERBER Group. "BIOMIN maintains a longstanding commitment to research and development on meaningful topics related to mycotoxin risk management and gut performance management that set it apart," he added.

More than 40 expert speakers will share their views over the course of three days, including:

Plenary session

  • Driving the Protein Economy” by Prof. Dr. David Hughes, Imperial College London
  • “The Value and Risks of Online Communities in the Social Media Era: Minimising Brand and Financial Damage during a Crisis” by Adrian Moss, Focus Business Communications
  • “Food Beyond Earth‘s Orbit: Future Human Mars Missions & Nutrition” by Dr. Gernot Grömer, Austrian Space Forum 


  • “Reducing Leaky Gut for Improving Breeder Health” by Dr. Johanna Elvidge, Aviagen
  • “Probiotics: A Modern Solution to Coccidiosis and Necrotic Enteritis” by Prof. Dr. Rami Dalloul, Virginia Tech
  • “Understanding the Broiler Gut Microbiota: An Opportunity for the Future?” by Prof. Dr. Gerardo Manfreda, University of Bologna
  • “Phytogenic and Probiotic Feed Additives for Broilers: Evidence for Growth Performance Links with Gut Performance Indices” by Prof. Dr. Kostas Mountzouris, Agricultural University of Athens
  • “Probiotics on Salmonella Colonization and Immune Function of Laying Hens” by Prof. Dr. Ramesh Selvaraj, Ohio State University
  • “The Current Challenge for Salmonella Control in the Global Poultry Industry” by Dr. Alberto Back, MercoLab
  • “The Most Common Clinical and Pathological Lesions of Mycotoxicosis in Poultry” by Prof. Dr. Charles Rangga Tabbu, Universitas Gadjah Mada 


  • “Mycotoxins Modulate the Inflammatory Response” by Prof. Dr. Ana Paula Bracarense, Universidade Estadual de Londrina
  • “Formulating for Optimal Gut Health and Performance in Swine” by Tony Edwards, ACE Livestock Consulting
  • “Mycotoxins and Endotoxins as Antinutritional Factors” by Prof. Dr. Nicholas K. Gabler, Iowa State University
  • “Effect of Functional Ingredients on Gut Health in Pigs” by Prof. Dr. Alfons Jansman, Wageningen University
  • “Improving Protein Utilisation Efficiency through Better Understanding of Immune and Stress Responses” by Prof. Dr. Jae Cheol Kim, Murdoch University
  • “Genetic Improvements and Nutrition Trends” by Dr. Uislei Orlando, PIC North America
  • “Gastrointestinal Tract Diseases Interfering with the Nutrient Absorption and Reducing Feed Conversion in Pigs” by Prof. Dr. Zygmunt Pejsak, National Veterinary Research Institute, Pulawy 


  • “Use of Essential Oil Feed Additives in Ruminant Nutrition: Opportunities and Challenges” by Dr. Chaouki Benchaar, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • “Nutritional Toxicology in the Dairy Industry: Feed Quality and Mycotoxins” by Prof. Dr. Duarte Diaz, The University of Arizona
  • “A Link between Mastitis and Endotoxins in High Producing Dairy Cows? ” by Prof. Dr. James Cullor, UC Davis
  • “Methane Emission Intensity in a Classical Pasture Versus an Intensive TMR Feeding Program” by Dr. Jennifer L. Ellis, Wageningen University & University of Guelph
  • “Clinical Observations of Pasture Mycotoxins and their Effects in Southern Australia” by Dr. Ian John Lean, Scibus
  • “Dairy Farm Management and Feed Cost Considerations in China” by Prof. Dr. Nick Yuguo Zhen, Jilin Agricultural University
  • “Improving Feed Efficiency to Promote a Sustainable Dairy Industry” by Prof. Dr. Mike VandeHaar, Michigan State University 


  • “Global Expansion of Ecological Aquaculture to Meet the Aquatic Protein Needs of the Future” by Prof. Dr. Barry A. Costa-Pierce, University of New England
  • “Mycotoxins in Aquaculture: The Occurrence and Significance” by Rui Goncalves, MSc, BIOMIN
  • “The Fish Meal Dilemma: What are the Alternatives?” by Prof. Dr. Ashild Krogdahl, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • “Bringing Science to the Field: Innovative Molecular Tools for the Benefit of Farmers” by Dr. Simon MacKenzie, Stirling University
  • “Probiotics Enhancing Gut Performance” by Dr. Daniel Merrifield, Plymouth University
  • “Addressing the Challenges of Shrimp Nutrition” by Prof. Dr. Alberto Nunes, Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • “Sustainable Shrimp Farming: High Density, Biofloc-Dominated, No-Water-Exchange Production” by Prof. Dr. Tzachi Samocha, Texas A&M University
  • “Disease Threats in Shrimp Farming: Causes and Possible Solutions” by Dr. Matthew Briggs, Ridley AgriProducts 

The 2016 World Nutrition Forum will also feature plenary sessions on mycotoxins and gut performance.

Mycotoxin session 

  • Prof. Dr. Todd Applegate, University of Georgia
  • Prof. Dr. Christopher Elliott, Queen‘s University Belfast
  • Prof. Dr. Rudolf Krska, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Dr. Wulf-Dieter Moll, BIOMIN Research Center

Gut health and performance session

  • Prof. Dr. Alessandra De Cesare, University of Bologna
  • Prof. Dr. Theo A. Niewold, KU Leuven
  • Franz Waxenecker, MSc, BIOMIN