Gestational and early-life dietary impacts on performance, welfare and gut health
Domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus) face a range of environmental challenges throughout their life course, and there is considerable variability between pigs in how well they cope with these challenges. The microbiome and the subsequent growth and development of offspring are shaped by the conditions experienced during pregnancy, the location and mode of delivery and the diet of an individual. The gut microbiome and its associations with pre- and neo-natal diet and subsequent impacts on performance, health and cognitive development is an area of emerging and increasing interest to both academics and the pig and animal nutrition sectors with substantial potential real-world impact. The overall aim of this project is to investigate the impacts of different dietary constituents in the pre-and neo-natal stages of development, and early life environment on cognitive development, welfare and performance, using pigs as a model system.
To start in Oct 2017. Applicants should have, or be expecting to receive, a 2.1 Hons degree in a relevant subject.
This project is eligible for BBSRC funding. We are advertising a range of projects and funding will be awarded to the best candidates. The funding covers fees at UK/EU level plus a stipend of £14,553 for 4 years. Please note that candidates must have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years to be eligible for full funding; candidates who have not been resident in the UK are eligible for a fees-only studentship.
Please apply online: https://studentservices.leeds.ac.uk/pls/banprod/bwskalog_uol.P_DispLoginNon
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