Histidine, the next limiting essential amino acid in broiler chickens’ diets?

The challenge of sustainability in animal production Today, our agricultural and livestock production systems are under great pressure due to global warming and climate change. The livestock industry faces the great challenge we have called sustainability and, together with the challenge of improving animal welfare, we have a great responsibility to reduce its impact on…

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Acrylic Dispersing Agents

Sodium tripolyphosphate is the most widely used dispersing agent during the 20th century. It is very effective, and has been one of the main adjuvants in the manufacture of detergents. In addition to being a dispersing agent, it is a water hardness sequestrant, an emulsifier and a stabiliser. However, the massive use of phosphates has…

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Low-foaming surfactants

Surfactants Surfactants are organic molecules that modify the surface forces, i.e., the attraction between molecules of a liquid on its surface. They are used in detergents as they help to dissolve or emulsify water-insoluble substances. Surfactants have emulsifying, wetting, detergent and foaming properties. The classification of surfactants is based on the charge they possess when…

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Natural emulsifiers

What is an emulsion? Emulsions are mixtures of polar and non-polar liquids, and cosmetics are full of formulations combining an aqueous phase with oily ingredients.   What is an emulsifier for? In order for these mixtures to remain stable, emulsifiers must be incorporated. Thanks to emulsifiers, aqueous and oily phases, which are immiscible, can be…

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Citrus bioflavonoids: the alternative to zinc oxide to prevent diarrhoea in weaning piglets

Diarrhoea in weaning piglets, a challenge Today piglet weaning remains a critical point in pig production. Weaning in intensive pig production systems occurs at an age when the piglet is physiologically immature, both digestively and immunologically. Thus, the separation from the mother, the introduction to a new environment and the disappearance of mother’s milk from…

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Sulfate-free surfactants

When developing sulfate-free shampoos, the main challenge faced by the formulator is to achieve foaming and viscous products. The selection of sulfate-free surfactants is essential to achieve high performance products.   Surfactants Surfactants are essential components in cosmetics. From body hygiene to skin moisturising cosmetics, and even tooth and nail care products, surfactants are found…

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