Adisseo Launches Its Fourth Rhodimet® Research Grant, Sustains Innovative Research on Methionine

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The launch of the fourth Rhodimet® Research Grant by Adisseo was announced during the fifth Advancia Seminar in Cesme, France, by Dr. Véronique Legrand-Defretin, R&D Nutrition Director, Adisseo, and Dr. Yves Mercier, Research Manager-Amino Acids & Proteins, Adisseo. Proposals for 2012-2014 research grants are now being accepted.

The launch of the fourth Rhodimet® Research Grant by Adisseo was announced during the fifth Advancia Seminar in Cesme, France, by Dr. Véronique Legrand-Defretin, R&D Nutrition Director, Adisseo, and Dr. Yves Mercier, Research Manager-Amino Acids & Proteins, Adisseo. Proposals for 2012-2014 research grants are now being accepted.

Since 2006, 14 laureates have been rewarded to study topics covering fundamental research such as the signalling function of sulfur amino acid in protein synthesis initiation and applied projects such as those concerning total sulfur amino acid requirements in starting chicks or pullets.

A total amount of € 250,000 ($330,000) will be allocated to support three to five proposals of one–to-two years of research and will be divided between basic and applied research grants.

Previous Rhodimet Research Grants were limited to nutritional research topics. Now a new field is being added for innovative processing technologies. Adisseo believes the production or synthesis of methionine and its hydroxy-analogue require particular attention because the global demand for poultry production to satisfy the food needs of the ever-growing human population keeps increasing.

The Rhodimet Research Grant is available to scientists at universities and research institutes worldwide. “Since we launched the Rhodimet Research Grant in 2006, we have supported the scientific community to explore the biological functionalities and metabolic pathways of methionine sources and sulphur amino acids from both fundamental and applied points of view,” says Pierre Casamatta, Rhodimet Business Director, Adisseo. “Adisseo is clearly committed to supporting such new developments and is eager to sponsor new teams around the world who share our enthusiasm!”

About the Adisseo Group:

The Adisseo Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of nutritional solutions for animals. It designs, manufactures and markets four families of animal feed additives: Rhodimet®, an essential amino acid for monogastric animals (poultry, pigs, etc.); Metasmart® and Smartamine®, a unique methionine range for ruminants; Rovabio®, a multi-enzyme speciality which improves the digestibility of raw materials; and Microvit®, a complete range of vitamins.
Additionally, in 2007 Adisseo further strengthened its position in the field of sulphur products which are vital for the production of methionine.

In October 2011, Adisseo acquired Innov’ia, one of the European leaders in the design and contract processing of powdered and granulated ingredients for the food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals industries.

Through this transaction, Adisseo Group has strengthened its expertise in the formulation of additives, in research and development and in industrial transfer.

Worldwide, Adisseo Group employs 1,400 people, has five research and development divisions and seven production facilities in France, Spain and the United States. Its global distribution network covers more than 2,500 clients in more than 100 countries. In 2010, the group's turnover exceeded €1 billion ($1.5 billion USD).

Adisseo Group is one of the main subsidiaries of China National BlueStar, a key player in the chemical industry in China with 27,000 staff and a turnover of 5.2 billion euros ($7 billion).

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