The December 2010 special issue of Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology
focuses on the fodder quality of crop residues and how this can be improved through the close collaboration of crop and livestock scientists in multi-dimensional crop improvement programmes. ‘Food-Feed Crops Research: A Synthesis’
synthesizes the salient findings of the 16 papers included in the special issue on food-feed crops. While summarizing the approaches and outcomes of the research papers, the synthesis also discusses related issues, which are of importance in delineating the future research agenda on this topic. Cereal crop residues (CCRs) constitute the single most important fodder resource but the inherent low nutritive value of most CCRs is a handicap in the effective utilization of this feed resource. The synthesis paper, besides providing an update on the progress in food-feed crop research, suggests future approaches to exploit the variability in fodder quality traits for improving livestock productivity. It also highlights the need for the plant and animal scientists to work in tandem to achieve this goal. Furthermore, it stresses the need for greater integration, focus, coordination of efforts to improve the utilization of food– feed crops.
The fundamental issues explored in this special issue, are: (1) availability of livestock nutritionally-significant cultivar-dependent variation in crop residue fodder quantity and quality; (2) relationships between crop residue fodder traits and primary food traits and possible trade-offs between the traits; (3) technologies for quick and inexpensive phenotyping of large sets of samples for simple fodder quality that are well correlated with actual livestock productivity; (4) breeding techniques for further genetic enhancement towards food-feed traits; and (5) upgrading crop residue fodder in value chains through densification and fortification.
See the ILRI News release
about the special issue.(Source: A.K. Pattanaik, K. Sharma, S. Anandan, M. Blümmel; in Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology
(Journal), Special issue on fodder quality of crop residues , December 2010) 14/02/2011