Welcome to AniLab

Because analytical capabilities are essential to face current animal nutrition challenges of Precision Livestock Feeding, Animine inaugurated its new Laboratory in 2021. Located in the heart of Pau University (France), in the IPREM Research Unit, this joint laboratory provides the company with access to the latest technologies in term of quantification, speciation and localization of trace elements.

Analytical expertise is one of the 4 pillars of Animine scientific activities.

Speciation: to understand mineral metabolism

SPECIMAN is a research program hosted in AniLab, France. It was selected and is supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR). It stands for SPECIation for Metals for Animal Nutrition.

Speciation refers to the chemical form of the mineral. This is very important as it is known that bioavailability depends not only on the quantity of metal but also on its chemical form.

What happens to the trace elements when incorporated in the feed and later under the gastric and intestinal environments? Under which form are trace elements excreted?

Answering these questions is critical and will positively affect the current industry practices such as supporting Precision Livestock Feeding but also limiting the impacts of these additives on the environment.

SPECIMAN: our research objectives

In order to educate animal nutritionists, the research program will focus on 3 main sections:

  1. Metal bioaccessibility
  2. Metal uptake through the intestinal epithelium
  3. Metal impact on intestinal microbiota

SPECIMAN: at the service of animal studies

Speciation techniques at AniLab can be utilized to support animal experiments by quantifying, qualifying and localizing the trace elements all along the chain of biochemical transformation (from feed to animal digestive tracts, and finally feces and soils).

As examples of cutting-edge equipments, the team has access to very advanced instruments such as MCP-ICP-MS (for concentration and tracing of trace elements) but also to Nanoscale Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (a.k.a. NanoSIMS imaging) for trace element imaging in biological cells and tissues, or to Synchrotron technology to determine the chemical speciation of the metals in the feed, in the intestinal content, in the cells and tissues.

AniGun: Development of innovative portable analytical tools

In 2022, Animine revealed the acquisition of several portable equipments to dedicate to the “in-field” mineral fraction analysis. Similarly as NIR, this apparatus based on Xray fluorescence can give rapid results.

Indeed, native supply of trace elements is not well valued, or even known, and is leading to a global over supplementation of trace elements. This is engaging over costs for producers, over quantities in animal (toxicity) and in soils (pollutions). At the end, current practices are contributing to the depletion of non-renewable mineral resources.

AniGun is proposed to key partners, to shoot costs and waste. Guided by the AniLab team who gained expertise in sample preparation and calibration, the partner will then benefit from rapid in-situ evaluation of the mineral content in its raw materials or feeds.