Phytogenic Solutions

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Phytogenics are bioactive components from plants that function as defense mechanisms or signaling compounds. Due to co-evolution, phytogenics can have physiological effects on animals through acting upon molecular receptors along the gastrointestinal tract.

These receptors are conserved across species and are functionally important; when activated they modulate animal immunity, physiology, metabolism, etc.  When used at the right dosage, phytogenics can be deployed as management tools to support the animal in combating many of the challenges faced in livestock production systems.

A new lens for phytogenics

Phytogenics were introduced into animal nutrition decades ago with a specific target: to find alternatives for the use of antibiotics to support livestock performance. Due to that narrow lens, phytogenics – specifically essential oils – were screened for antimicrobial properties and selected for their ability to kill relevant pathogenic bacteria.

However, even though some phytogenics may have antimicrobial activity in vitro, at the in-feed inclusion levels commonly used, they have little to no antimicrobial effect. So, instead of focusing on a narrow, oversimplified silver-bullet approach, Selko works on science-based phytogenic solutions that support the host’s natural defense mechanisms as well as robust physiological functions in all kinds of conditions. 

Our new lens on the use of phytogenics in animal nutrition brings sustainable, high-impact solutions that harness the full power of plants.
Emma Wall, PhD, Development & Deployment Director, Nutreco Exploration

Quality without compromises

Selko's in-house experts have cutting edge knowledge on phytopharmacy, medicinal plants, cultivation and supply chain and are continuously working on discovery and development of novel phytogenic solutions. Gaining insights into the mechanistic effects of medicinal plants on the animal is central to this process.

Our unique approach and knowledge of plant anatomy, physiology, and physiochemistry, yield not only the most efficient formulas but every batch is subjected to rigorous quality control to ensure consistent active content and efficacy.  Within our center for medicinal plant solutions, we control the entire supply chain from bioassays, hybrid selection and cultivation, experimental plots, and supply chain. 

Committed to the phytogenic space

Selko has made a long-term commitment to developing the phytogenic space by attracting world-class in-house expertise and strategic partnerships. We strongly believe that the field of phytogenics is underdeveloped yet represents an important tool for nutritionists and veterinarians to support the health and welfare of the animals, thereby improving productivity and efficiency. Our phytogenics:

  1. are targeted solutions for relevant industry problems
  2. contain bioactives with a known and scientifically proven mode of action
  3. are supported by a strong dossier of relevant trials in the target species
  4. are science-based products with an attractive return on investment.

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