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New strategies of NSPase supplementation in broiler chickens PhD Studentship (3 years)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Harper Adams University (HAU) has the above research studentship available in the Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Department. The project is funded by AB Vista Feed Ingredients and Harper Adams University.

Poultry do not produce effective quantities of endogenous xylanase (XYL), the enzyme that can breakdown non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) in diets. As a result, supplementation of poultry diets with commercially produced XYL is routine. The benefits from the breakdown products of NSP generated through the supplementation with XYL may also be linked to modulation of specific gastrointestinal microbiota. The objective of this project is to determine whether supplementation with XYL (and resulting products) to maize-based diets influences production performance, fermentation patterns, and the establishment of the gut microbiome when fed to broiler chickens.

The studentship will be supervised by Dr Vasil Pirgozliev.

Applications should be made through the HAU website: where further details of the project can also be found.

Further information can be found on the HAU website at and on the research training provided and PhD progression requirements in the Postgraduate Research Students Handbook at:

For informal enquiries on general aspects of research degrees at HAU, applicants may contact Mrs Viv Slann, Research Students Administrator (). For informal enquiries on the project, applicants may contact the supervisors named above through the Staff Directory

Funding Notes

The studentship includes tuition, bench and writing-up fees and a tax-free stipend at the RCUK rate (£15,009 per annum, 2019-2020 rate).

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