Between May 16th and 18th, UNICAMP (University of Campinas) hold the International Workshop on Advances of Probiotics for Food and Veterinary Applications, in Brazil. The event was organized by the LLPP (Laboratory of Dairy Products, Probiotics and Prebiotics) of the FCA (Applied Science College) and by the LMQA (Food Quantitative Microbiology Laboratory) of FEA (Food Engineering College), both from UNICAMP.
Lucas Mari, Technical Support Manager of Lallemand Animal Nutrition for South America, was one of the invited speakers to this event where animal and human probiotic research and applications met. He gave a presentation on the use of live yeast in ruminant nutrition. In his opinion, the workshop was very interesting to get a research update on both human and animal side: “We already know the focus that has been done on using probiotics in animal nutrition, documenting health and zootechnical benefits, but here we could see that their use in human is well developed and is bound to become, in a near future, an important sector, especially as an alternative to the indiscriminate use of antibiotics”, says Mari.
The workshop offered scientific updates on human and animal applications during plenary sessions, as well as specific group sessions. Finally, practical sessions offered great opportunities, for example dealing with probiotic application for human consumption and detection of STEC (Shiga-like toxin E. coli) virulence factors and control for the use of probiotics in animal.
According to the coordinator of the veterinary section, Prof. Everlon Rigobelo, the workshop was a great opportunity for networking and exchanges between both fields that could drive to potential partnerships. He praised the high scientific and technical level of the lectures and the fact that the topics covered were diversified and well correlated.
“I see that this event can grow a lot, this kind of meeting can help to convey the information and overcome the disbelief that some still have about the beneficial effects of probiotics”, completes Prof. Rigobelo, from Sao Paulo State University/Jaboticabal.
Lallemand congratulates the workshop organization and is looking forward for the second edition of this important event that brought a lot of light to this topic that fascinates us so much.