Next week, thousands of ethanol industry professionals from more than 30 countries will gather at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) in Milwaukee, WI. And for many, the focus of the event will be on the world-class presentations related to commercial-scale ethanol production.

This year, Novozymes will be giving three presentations—chosen by an abstract rating committee of nearly 40 industry experts—and we have been previewing each in a three-part series leading up to the event. This is part three.

Joe Jump: Using enzymes to increase nutritional value

Distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) is a great co-product of ethanol production. However, the fairly significant fiber portion of DDGS is poorly used in monogastrics—pigs, chickens, etc—which, for the most part, aren’t able to metabolize this nutrient into usable energy.

Because of this, the inclusion of DDGS in monogastric feed rations is very limited. After all, if it can’t be metabolized, it’s basically just taking up space in the feed.

But according to Novozymes Staff Scientist Joe Jump, PhD, there are new ways to unlock the potential of DDGS as a more nutritious addition to a monogastric diet.

“Part one of the talk is learning more about feed digestion in certain species—poultry versus swine versus cattle. That is, personally, pretty interesting as a scientist,” said Jump. “The other piece is more about our bread and butter: enzymes. We continually find new enzyme diversity, and we want to make our producers more capable of making more money. So if we can make a case for new enzymes doing that, we’re all for it.”

On Tuesday, June 21, Jump will present the topic of “Improving the Nutritional Value of DDGS using Novel Enzymes in the 1st Generation Process” at FEW 2016. There, he will explain how the addition of enzymes during processing can increase the nutritional value of DDGs to great benefit, by turning the fiber and protein into an easier-to-digest material.

The talk will take place as part of Track 3 in Room 101 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. This is Jump’s second appearance presenting at FEW.

Will you be attending FEW 2016?

If so, be sure to stop by Novozymes’ booth, #323, at the Expo’s Coffee Bar and Lounge — refuel, keep an eye on real-time crush margins and commodity pricing, and enter to win a four-ticket NASCAR prize package!

In the meantime, follow along on Twitter using #FEW16, and check back here for daily updates. Read our recent post to see how we’ll be participating at this year’s event.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Writer at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.