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Equidae Hindgut Anaerobic Fungi: A key unexplored taxa of central importance to dietary fibre degradation

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postcode: 6708 PB

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 177˙598 €
 EC max contribution 177˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-CAR
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2019-05-11


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY NL (WAGENINGEN) coordinator 177˙598.00


 Project objective

EQUIANFUN is a strategic research and training alliance I have assembled to catalyse the development of my new career path in comparative herbivore gut microbiology, and addresses a major nutritional challenge facing the equine community. The hindgut microbiota of equines enables forage utilisation; however, the limited efficiency of this process currently requires that the diets of many equines are supplemented with energy-dense concentrates in order to meet their dietary energy requirements. This practice can disturb the equine hindgut microbiota, resulting in the development of gut-mediated diseases which are a major health and welfare issue and economic cost to the equine community. Despite the fact that anaerobic fungi (AF) are the most effective of the fibre-degrading gut microbes, they have been largely overlooked in equine gut microbiology studies to date. Therefore research into this under-explored area will significantly advance the ability to increase the efficiency of forage utilisation in equines, minimising the need for concentrate supplements. Drawing on my core skills base, and utilising internationally leading expertise and facilities in gut microbiomics and animal nutrition at Wageningen University, EQUIANFUN establishes new baseline knowledge of the phylogeny, community structure, physiology and nutritional impact of equine hindgut AF. In addition to generating top quality research findings of applied impact, EQUIANFUN deepens my skills and competencies whilst broadening my research expertise and network beyond its current rumen focus. Furthermore the integrated role of the two partner organisations, Utrecht University and the Donkey Sanctuary, widens the scope of EQUIANFUN to also include the health and welfare of all domesticated equids. In summary, EQUIANFUN is pivotal to the development of my new career path and ability to attain professional maturity as an internationally leading researcher in comparative herbivore gut microbiology.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Erica Mura, Joan Edwards, Sandra Kittelmann, Kerstin Kaerger, Kerstin Voigt, Jakub Mrázek, Giuseppe Moniello, Katerina Fliegerova
Anaerobic fungal communities differ along the horse digestive tract
published pages: 240-246, ISSN: 1878-6146, DOI: 10.1016/j.funbio.2018.12.004
Fungal Biology 123/3 2020-01-22
2017 J.E. Edwards, P. van den Berg, F. Burden, D.A. van Doorn, W.F. Pellikaan, J. Dijkstra, H. Everts, H. Smidt
Equines have fundamental differences in faecal microbial concentrations
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
8th European Equine Health & Nutrition Congress: From Nutrition to disease and back. Congress held every two years 2020-01-22
2017 Joan E. Edwards, Robert J. Forster, Tony M. Callaghan, Veronika Dollhofer, Sumit S. Dagar, Yanfen Cheng, Jongsoo Chang, Sandra Kittelmann, Katerina Fliegerova, Anil K. Puniya, John K. Henske, Sean P. Gilmore, Michelle A. O\'Malley, Gareth W. Griffith, Hauke Smidt
PCR and Omics Based Techniques to Study the Diversity, Ecology and Biology of Anaerobic Fungi: Insights, Challenges and Opportunities
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-302X, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01657
Frontiers in Microbiology 8 2020-01-22
2018 Sharon A. Huws, Christopher J. Creevey, Linda B. Oyama, Itzhak Mizrahi, Stuart E. Denman, Milka Popova, Rafael Muñoz-Tamayo, Evelyne Forano, Sinead M. Waters, Matthias Hess, Ilma Tapio, Hauke Smidt, Sophie J. Krizsan, David R. Yáñez-Ruiz, Alejandro Belanche, Leluo Guan, Robert J. Gruninger, Tim A. McAllister, C. Jamie Newbold, Rainer Roehe, Richard J. Dewhurst, Tim J. Snelling, Mick Watson, Garret Suen, Elizabeth H. Hart, Alison H. Kingston-Smith, Nigel D. Scollan, Rodolpho M. do Prado, Eduardo J. Pilau, Hilario C. Mantovani, Graeme T. Attwood, Joan E. Edwards, Neil R. McEwan, Steven Morrisson, Olga L. Mayorga, Christopher Elliott, Diego P. Morgavi
Addressing Global Ruminant Agricultural Challenges Through Understanding the Rumen Microbiome: Past, Present, and Future
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-302X, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.02161
Frontiers in Microbiology 9 2020-01-22
2019 Joan E. Edwards
Equine anaerobic fungi: Key taxa of central importance to dietary fibre degradation
published pages: 23-31, ISSN: , DOI:
9th European Equine Health & Nutrition Congress: Small Things. Congress held every two years 2020-01-22
2019 Mathijs J.P. Theelen, Nanna Lúthersson, Louise Laustsen, Joan E. Edwards, Theresa J. Kujawa, Hauke Smidt, David A. van Doorn
Free faecal water: What do we know and can equine faecal microbiota transplantation be used to manage this issue?
published pages: 36-43, ISSN: , DOI:
9th European Equine Health & Nutrition Congress: Small Things Congress held every two years 2020-01-22

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