Carbohydrates with emphasis on nutrition and intestinal health of non-ruminant animals

Name of course:

Carbohydrates with emphasis on nutrition and intestinal health of non-ruminant animals


ECTS credits:



Course parameters:

Language: English

Level of course: PhD course

Semester/quarter: Q2 2017

Hours per week: 50-55 including preparation

Capacity limits: 20 participants


Objectives of the course:

The main objective of the course is to give an overview of the carbohydrates in feeds in relation to nutrition and intestinal health of non-ruminant animals.

Learning outcomes and competences:

After finalising the course the students will:

·         Have knowledge on the different classes of carbohydrates and how they can be analysed

·         Have knowledge on the carbohydrates present in different feedstuffs with special emphasis on grains and legumes

·         Have knowledge on the influence of processing on digestion and functional properties of carbohydrates

·         Be able to differentiate between the type of carbohydrates digested by enzymes in the small intestine and fermented by microbes in the large intestine

·         Have knowledge on the hormonal regulation and metabolism of carbohydrates

·         Have knowledge on how carbohydrates may influence intestinal health


Compulsory program:

Active participation in the two-week course Monday-Friday incl. presentation of own project.


Course contents:

The course will consist of theoretical lectures, laboratory work, practical problem solvents based on literature cases, and demonstrations in the barn.

The course covers the following topics:

·         Carbohydrate definition and terminology

·         Analyses of carbohydrates

·         Impact of feed processing on carbohydrate chemistry and physicochemical properties

·         Carbohydrates digestion and absorption

·         Fermentation of carbohydrates

·         Hormonal regulation of carbohydrates and how they are converted into energy and lipids

·         How carbohydrates may influence gut microbial ecology and health



Four years of study


Name of lecturers:

Professor Knud Erik Bach Knudsen, Aarhus University, AU-Foulum, Denmark.

Professor Hans Henrik Stein, University of Illinois, US

Senior scientist Helle Nygaard Lærke, Aarhus University, AU-Foulum, Denmark.

Senior scientist Nuria Canibe, Aarhus University, AU-Foulum, Denmark.

Professor Birger Svihus, Department of Nutrition, Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway.

Assistant professor Mirjam Kabel, Department of Food Chemistry, University of Wageningen, Holland.


Type of course/teaching methods:

The theoretical lectures will be given in the morning followed by practical problem solving related to course material, field trips to commercial companies and demonstrations in laboratories and barns.


Research papers and book chapters.


Course assessment:

It is a prerequisite for obtaining the diploma that the students are present at more than 60 % of the time allocated for lectures and solving of cases. The students will be graded into passed or failed based on their responses to four practical problem sets that they will be asked to complete and the final exam that will be administered on the last day of the course.

Each of the 4-practical problem-sets will be worth 20 points, and the final exam is worth 120 points for a total of 200 points.


Provider: Department of Animal Science


A limited number of rooms have been reserved at DANHOSTEL Viborg, Vinkelvej 36, 8800 Viborg,


In single rooms (including breakfast, linen and towels): 5,665 DKK / 756 €

In double rooms (including breakfast, linen and towels): 4,015 DKK/ 536 €

Dinner at DANHOSTEL Viborg: 1,320 DKK/ 176 € (this offer is only valid with min. 16 persons)

Lodging and dinner at DANHOSTEL Viborg have to be paid directly to DANHOSTEL Viborg.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please contact Karin Østergaard (


26 June – 7 July 2017


Aarhus University, AU-Foulum, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele



Deadline for registration is 1 June, 2017. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than two days later.


Course fee:

Teaching materials, lunch, coffee/tea/fruit at AU-Foulum and company visit.

Total price: 4.100 DKK/ 550 €



Registration deadline for participants from Aarhus University: June 1, 2017

Registration deadline for participants from other universities: June 1, 2017


If you have any questions, please contact Karin Vikkelsø Østergaard: or Knud Erik Bach Knudsen:

13792 / i43