58 - Dr. Charmaine Espinosa: Unveiling the untapped potential of phytase

swine nutrition blackbelt Mar 23, 2023

Pigs cannot effectively utilize phytate phosphorus, since they lack the enzyme to break it down. In turn, when phytase is added to swine diets, more phosphorus is released from phytate and thus, absorbed by the animal. That reduces the need to supplement inorganic phosphorus, which is expensive and can cause environmental problems when excreted in manure. However, is that the end of it, or can phytase contribute to the digestibility of other nutrients? In this episode, Dr. Charmaine Espinosa discusses some research of hers on adding phytase to pig diets and its effects on increasing the digestibility of different nutrients.


Meet the guest

Dr. Charmaine Espinosa


      โ—‹ Current: Current: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

      โ—‹ Past: Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


      โ—‹ Ph.D., Swine Nutrition (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

      โ—‹ M.Sc., Swine Nutrition (University of the Philippines)

      โ—‹ B.Sc., Animal Sciences (University of the Philippines)

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