Alltech Signs Alliances in Latin America

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Alltech, International, Research, University, USDEC

2016 Brazil Alltech recently announced that they have signed six research alliances in Latin America with four universities and two institutes linked to agricultural research from Brazil, Honduras and Mexico. The alliances bring together leading experts in their respective fields and provide the necessary resources to drive industry transformation.

Alltech has successfully collaborated with top academic institutions throughout the world, building research alliances and working to find long-term answers to key issues facing agricultural industries through science and educate the next generation of scientists. The new research alliances announced by the company are between Alltech and El Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School in Honduras; the National Institute of Forest, Agricultural and Livestock Research (INIFAP) in Mexico; the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV) in Brazil; University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil; the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Brazil; and the São Paulo Agency for Agribusiness Technology (APTA) in Brazil.

“We expanded the alliances in Latin America with the aim of using innovation to enhance livestock production in the region while meeting specific local requirements,” said Aidan Connolly, Alltech’s chief innovation officer, during the Latin America Research Alliances Meeting. “Furthermore, the project promotes technical knowledge exchange and identifies new talent.”

The research alliances in Latin America at each university/institute will focus on specific key areas that address emerging challenges in the region.

“With the development of this variety of studies in the Latin American region, we are making strides in laying a solid information foundation that will facilitate and increase agribusiness production,” said Guilherme Minozzo, Alltech’s vice president for Latin America. “The results achieved will certainly improve the global industry, thanks to the generation of new technologies.”

In Brazil, Alltech initiated two research alliances last year with agreements signed with the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV) and the São Paulo Agency for Agribusiness Technology (APTA), which are driving research in the poultry and pig sectors, and beef sector, respectively.

“The goal is to develop studies in our five areas: aquaculture, poultry, swine, beef and dairy cattle,” said Isidro Matamoros, associate professor of beef cattle and animal reproduction at Zamorano University, during the meeting in Brazil. “From the economic and technical resources provided by Alltech, we want to expand the knowledge on biotechnology to enhance and increase sustainable production.”