Natural science at its best - Research in phytogenics


We are the global market leader in phytogenic feed additives – and not without reason: Always being ahead of times, Delacon coined the term phytogenics almost three decades ago and ever since we made full efforts to use the power of nature.


Our goal is not only to develop safe and highly efficient feed additives for modern livestock production, but we aim to create confidence in the natural potential of the world’s vegetation.

Research in phytogenics

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R&D Team


How do we achieve our goals? We at Delacon are convinced that we can reach both aspects by one and the same way: everyday, we strive hard to support our vision with scientific data by conducting high level research in phytogenics. Our multinational R&D team comprises experts from different academic disciplines. The combination of these single fields of expertise arises in a top-performing knowledge center, similar to the synergistic effects of various active compounds in our phytogenic feed additives.


For a sound research in phytogenics, each scientist of our R&D team contributes with her or his specific knowledge of a certain species to internal know-how. Moreover, every person takes on a second area of responsibility and consequently, Delacon’s accumulated knowledge of experts gets maximized and combines scientific fields of immunology, microbiology or molecular cell biology – it is our knowledge and expertise, which make Delacon unique and which differentiates us from others.

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Using different methods


Our main research focus consists in finding and evaluating new botanical compounds and their combinations exploiting their full potential in animal nutrition, such as improving feed conversion, increasing daily weight gain, supporting animal health status and reducing environmental emissions. To gain deep insight into these fields of interest, we collaborate with universities and research centers all over the globe. This solid scientific network allows us to generate data with various methods:


For our understanding of high level research in phytogenics we use different models and multiple databases to permanently screen for new plant-derived bio-actives to develop the next generation of phytogenic products. Besides conducting laboratory experiments on well-established model systems, such as C. elegans, newly identified phytogenic substances or innovative formulations are tested first in in vitro trials. Considering sustainability (one of Delacon’s core values) we avoid animal experiments whenever possible and expedient: So, analysis on pharmacokinetics are mainly conducted on Caco-2 cells. To verify promising results, Delacon performs in vivo trials, for example at the company owned research farm PNRC, and further replicates these findings in field trials in different regions all over the world.

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