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Phosphorus efficiency in Gallus gallus and Sus scrofa: Bridging the gaps in the phosphorus value chain

Challenge - Phosphorus (P) is an irreplaceable component of life and used in all agricultural production systems. It is a finite but recycable resource which is not efficiently used and reused in agricultural production leading to serious concerns for soil and water ecosystems.

Objectives - Monogastrics such as pigs and chickens contribute to achieve global food security but are major P excretors and sources of P losses. Balancing the P cycle is crucial towards a P resilient livestock production. The strategic aim of this project is to provide solutions to secure sufficient supplies of high quality animal products from resource-efficient and economically competitive agro-systems that are valued by society and preserve soil and water ecosystems.

Expected results - The fate of P in fodder, animals, microbiota, slurry, soil and water will be traced. An improved understanding of the biodiversity of monogastric P utilisation towards both an optimised P supply and highest standards of animal health and welfare will be generated. The genotype-phenotype map, i.e. genomic, epigenetic, and transcriptomic variation, will be addressed. PEGaSus will develop feeding, breeding and management/reuse tools and strategies as well as science-based policy measures to improve the efficiency of P use in pig and chicken production.

Potential Impact - The project delivers cost-benefit estimations in various farm-, production-, process-, and eco-systems, and novel approaches of P management/reuse to balance economic and environmental sustainability of the dense but uneven distributed European animal production.

Coordinated by: Prof. Klaus Wimmers - Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (GERMANY) - Contact

Funded by: BMEL, DAFA, MIPAAF, Formas and DEFRA as part of the ERA-NET Cofund SusAn through a virtual common pot model including EU Top-Up funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no 696231)

4 research partners:

  • DENMARK: Aarhus University
  • ITALY: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • SWEDEN: Stockholm Environment Institute
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

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This project has been funded by BMEL, DAFA, MIPAAF, FORMAS and DEFRA as a part of the ERA-Net Cofund SusAn (grantnr 696231) through a virtual common pot model with EU top-up.