Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Feed Innovation Awards 2022 move to Europe

The Feed Innovation Awards for 2021 have been postponed yet again and will now take place in mid-2022 in Europe and be referred to as the 2022 Awards.
The Awards were due to have taken place during Victam Asia 2021 and then on its rescheduled date of January 12-14, 2022 both in Bangkok, Thailand. However, the shows deferred date cancellation now means the Victam Asia will not be held in 2022 and the Awards have been moved to Victam Europe which will be held in Utrecht, The Netherland from Tuesday May 31-Thursday June 2, 2022.

The Awards host a respective half-day conference and seminar, which will be included in the Victam event programme being planned for Europe and take place on Tuesday May 31, 2022. The conference/seminar will be held on the second floor at the Jaarbeurs Exhibition Halls, Utrecht, The Netherlands on the first day of the show.

All Feed Innovations Award recipients will be published in an edition of Milling and Grain magazine leading up to the event, followed by a review of the event and an announcement of the winners in a subsequent edition. These issues will not only reach Milling and Grain print readers but will be promoted widely through the magazine's social media and through the magazine's individual language apps to ensure maximum awareness of the Award winners within throughout the milling industry globally.

For further information and details on how to apply please contact Ms Tuti Tan on +44 1242 267700 or email: tutit@perendale.co.uk

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Grobest announces appointment of Hua Du as new CEO

Grobest, one of Asia's leading aquaculture feed groups, has announced details of a transition in its senior management team. Following a decision by current CEO Mr Samson Li to step back from his role, the board is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Hua Du as Grobest's new CEO, with a mandate to further accelerate the group's growth and expansion. The board is also pleased to announce that Mr Li has agreed to remain with the group as a senior advisor.

Hua Du
Image credit: Grobest
Mr Du joins Grobest after 11 years of service at Solvay, a leading global chemicals and materials company, where he held the position of President of Global Business Units, and Member of Executive Committee, leading several global business units with revenues of EUR 5 Billion, more than 10,000 employees, and technologies covering a wide range of end markets. Prior to Solvay, he worked at Rohm and Haas Company for 13 years, driving growth in Asia for its Electronic Materials group.

Mr Ko Chi-Kang, Chairman of Grobest, says, 'We sincerely thank Samson for his service and look forward to working with him in his new capacity as a senior advisor. He has guided the company through the pandemic and has overseen a period of transformation that has enabled Grobest to operate at the highest global standards. Equally, I am delighted to welcome Hua Du as our new CEO. He joins Grobest at an exciting time in our journey and we look forward to growing further with his leadership and drive in the years ahead.'

Mr Ola Nordquist, Vice-Chairman of Grobest and Head of the Nordics at the global private equity firm Permira, says, 'We look forward to our continued relationship with Samson as a senior advisor and are delighted that Hua has joined Grobest as its new CEO. With his extensive Asia and global leadership experience, and his strong focus on people, customers, and technology, we are confident Hua has the right mix of capabilities to lead Grobest into its successful future. We have ambitious plans and are well-positioned for our next phase of growth, cementing and building on our leadership position in advanced functional performance feed for the aquaculture industry.' Funds advised by Permira acquired a 50 percent stake in Grobest in 2018.

In recent years Grobest has implemented several important changes in the way it manages and operates its business. It has evolved from a successful, ambitious family run business with a long history of innovation, into an Asia market-leading company and one of the world's top aquaculture feed groups.

Mr Hua Du, incoming CEO of Grobest, says, 'Grobest has set the standard in aquaculture in Asia and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to help drive the company into its next phase of growth. Samson has successfully steered the company through a period of significant change and I now look forward to working with the entire team to deliver on exciting growth and development ambitions.'

Mr Samson Li, senior advisor at Grobest, adds, 'My past three years as CEO have been immensely fulfilling. We have helped Grobest transition to become a true regional champion. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our incredible staff and I wish them all the best for an exciting and prosperous future under the leadership of my successor Hua Du, as I transition to my new senior advisor role.'

Founded in 1974 Grobest has a proud history, serving farmers and the aquaculture community across the Asia region. With a mission 'to feed the world by improving the health and growth of aquatic species through advanced nutrition,' Grobest today operates in eight markets across Asia, with 17 feed and pre-mix factories and more than 3,500 employees across the group. In addition to this broad presence across Asia, the world's largest aquaculture market, Grobest is also a pioneer and technological leader in an array of innovative and differentiated functional feed products.

The company also provides a full range of services and technical assistance to farmers throughout Asia, including pond maintenance, water treatment, and soil and disease testing.

For more information about Grobest visit their website, HERE.

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Researchers have identified a disease resistant gene in salmon

A gene with a major role in resistance to a virus that can cause high mortality levels in farmed salmon and trout has been identified by a team of scientists.

Their discovery, made using a combination of genomics and gene editing technologies, provides insight into why some salmon are resistant and others are susceptible to Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis Virus (IPNV). The findings could lead to more accurate selection of breeding fish, which would contribute to ongoing successful disease control, using a process known as marker-assisted selection, in salmon farming.

The study, one of the first to apply gene editing to disease resistance in farmed fish, highlights potential applications of the technology to improve resistance in other salmon strains or similar species such as rainbow trout.

Genome studies
Researchers used data and samples from a previous disease study of young salmon and applied whole genome sequencing to fine-map a DNA region that had previously been linked with resistance to IPNV. Their search to pinpoint genes within a major region previously identified as affecting disease resistance highlighted a gene known as Nedd8 Activating Enzyme E1 (Nae1).

Researchers then used gene-editing technology to remove the Nae1 gene from salmon cells and, in separate experiments, used chemical methods to prevent the Nae1 enzyme formed by the gene from functioning in salmon cells.

In both cases, limiting the function of Nae1 in cells that were exposed to the virus led to a significant drop in replication of the virus in those cells. The Nae1 gene is known to be involved in a biological process linked to the replication of viruses in other species, including in humans, suggesting that similar biological pathways may be behind IPNV infection in salmon. The team will now focus on assessing the impact of Nae1 on disease resistance in young salmonid fish exposed to the virus.

The study was carried out by the Roslin Institute and Hendrix Genetics, together with the University of Stirling, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and Uppsala University.

The paper was published in the journal Genomics, and supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, and by Hendrix Genetics. The gene editing research formed part of the consortium project AquaLeap.

'The control of Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis Virus using marker-assisted selection in salmon breeding has led to a marked reduction in outbreaks, saving millions of salmon per annum. The discovery of a gene underlying this effect may facilitate more accurate selection, and also open the door to possible future avenues of disease control in strains or species where the marker-assisted selection is not possible,' says Professor Ross Houston, Personal Chair of Aquaculture Genetics at the Roslin Institute.

'With genetics we are able to support the global food challenge. Genetic technologies like gene editing and marker-assisted selection offer ways to innovate or accelerate sustainable solutions. Diseases are still one of the major challenges for any protein value chain. This unique finding brings us a step closer to addressing this challenge and helps us to set new standards for sustainable animal breeding,' adds Johan van Arendonk, Chief Innovation & Technology Officer at Hendrix Genetics.

For more information visit the Roslin Institute page, HERE.

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