Animal Nutrition

Numbering Code U-AGR01 3A220 LJ84 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year 3rd year students Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Fri.1
Instructor name MATSUI TOORU (Graduate School of Agriculture Professor)
FUNABA MASAYUKI (Graduate School of Agriculture Associate Professor)
TOMONAGA SYOUZOU (Graduate School of Agriculture Assistant Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The Bible states, "People do not live by bread alone." Although in a different sense, it is true that animals cannot live on bread alone. Nutrients are defined as the essential components for survival, and the three major nutrients for animals are carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. This course aims to provide an understanding of the characteristics of these nutrients, along with the features of digestion and absorption in animals and their metabolic characteristics.
Course Goals To understand the nutrients required by animals and the reasons for each, as well as to become capable of systematically explaining the processes of absorption and metabolism.
Schedule and Contents Lectures will be conducted on the following topics:

Days 1-2: Structure of the digestive system (Matsui)
Explaining the digestive systems of carnivorous, omnivorous, and herbivorous animals.

Day 3: Nutrients in feed (Matsui)
Explaining the chemical structure, classification, and properties of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins.

Days 4-6: Carbohydrate metabolism (Matsui)
Explaining the digestion, absorption, and metabolism of carbohydrates.

Days 7-9: Lipid metabolism (Matsui)
Explaining the digestion, absorption, and metabolism of lipids.

Days 10-13: Protein metabolism (Funaba)
Explaining the digestion, absorption, and metabolism of proteins.

Day 14: Amino acid function (Tomonaga)
Explaining the amino acid functions.


Day 15: Feedback
We will be available in the laboratory to answer students' questions.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Class performance (weightage 50%) and final examination (weightage 50%).
The evaluation criteria and achievement level are in accordance with the "Evaluation Criteria and Achievement Level" described in the Student Handbook for the relevant year.
Course Requirements Nothing in particular
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Review the basics of biochemistry and the nutrient digestion, absorption, and metabolism regulation mechanisms explained in the lectures. At the same time, understand your own daily intake to become familiar with nutrition.
Textbooks Textbooks/References In addition, printouts will be distributed.
References, etc. Matsui 徹 他 『動物飼養学』 (養賢堂) ISBN:978-4-8425-0483-4,
A nutrition book focusing on industrial animals, covering laboratory animals, pets, fish, and insects.