Wheat is a principal feed component in poultry diets. One of the major carbohydrates present in wheat are non-starch polysaccharides (NSP), which are known to negatively impact bird performance. NSP degrading enzymes, such as xylanase are commonly used to improve the nutritive value of animal feeds, however the amount of NSP present varies, thus making it difficult to achieve optimal results when supplementing with exogenous enzymes. Therefore the initial objective of this study is to investigate the susceptibility of different wheat varieties when hydrolysed by the same xylanase.
The main objective will be to measure xylanase activity among different wheat variaties and determine whether different wheat samples differ in their susceptibility to attack by the same xylanase due to their cell walls being slightly different in composition or structure. Initial steps include measuring the xylose content of different wheat varieties supplemented with different levels of xylanase.
Harper Adams University