About this Research Topic
Studies on the impact of nutrition on reproduction of livestock have been mostly focused on the body condition of animals and offspring or related to endocrine disruptors present in animal diets. Climate change will intensify the competition between humans and livestock for grains and plant proteins. This will require adaptations in animals’ diets. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the effects of new feed resources on animal production and reproduction. Besides nutrients, anti-nutritional factors (ANFs) are commonly found in feedstuffs, especially those unconventional ones. Changes in temperature and CO2 levels will not only affect composition of feedstuffs, but also will increase the incidence of myco- and phytotoxins. All these factors may interfere with animal reproduction.
The aim of this Research Topic in Frontiers in Veterinary Science is to gather the most recent advances related to the effects anti-nutritional factors on female and male fertility. For this, both in vivo and in vitro research dealing with the effect of ANFs on reproduction of farm animals are welcome, especially when meeting recent advances in nutritional and reproductive technologies. Review articles, research papers and technical notes giving an update on the risks and treatments of ANFs, are encouraged.
In particular, we would like to focus on following areas:
• Anti-nutritional factors playing a role in livestock reproduction
• Mycotoxins, phytotoxins or other feed contaminants
• In vitro studies on the impact of ANFs in female and male gametes
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.