Laboratory specialized in animal feed resources for tropical countries
The laboratory analyzes feedstuffs, contributes to solving questions regarding animal nutrition and diet formulation, and participates in the implementation of research protocols. It is part of a collaborative network enabling it to redirect specific requests towards French and foreign technical and scientific partners.
In so doing, the laboratory contributes to knowledge of feed and variations in their nutritional value, as well as to the quality control of ingredients.
Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)
The animal nutrition laboratory uses Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to estimate feed chemical composition and in vitro digestibility, an alternative to more conventional, expensive and pollutants methods (i.e. chemicals). This technique is based on the principle of absorption (by organic matter elements) of infrared rays, absorption capacity being linked to the chemical composition of feed samples. NIRS has a large number of applications in the industrial sector (chemistry, pharmacy, agro-industries). However, SELMET essentially uses this technique to estimate the chemical composition of feed, forage and feces (studies of digestibility).