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What Are the Functions of Pectinase in Animal Feed Production?



As one of the most important enzyme preparations in the production of fruit and vegetable juices, pectinase has been widely used in the extraction and clarification of fruit and vegetable juices, improving the filtrability of fruit and vegetable juices, and the immersion and extraction of plant tissue. Currently, pectinase enzyme is used in most of the production processes of original fruit juice and concentrated fruit juice. The pectinase enzyme that has been used in fruit juice extraction has also been introduced into feed production. Therefore, this article briefly introduces the role of pectinase enzyme in animal feed production.


Pectinase can promote the absorption rate of nutrients in young animals


For young animals with insufficient digestive function, and young livestock with immature digestive function, especially in early-weaned piglets, adding enzyme preparations to the feed can increase their appetite, promote growth and development, and improve feed conversion rate. Combining pectinase with other animal health enzymes, such as cellulase and amylase can greatly improve the absorption and utilization rate of starch, oil, and protein substances in the feed, promoting the rapid and healthy growth of animals.


Pectinase can increase the utilization rate of feed nutrients


Plants are composed of structures such as cell walls, cell membranes, and cytoplasm. If the plant cells in the feed cannot be broken down, the nutrients in the feed will not be released and cannot come into contact with the relevant digestive enzymes in the digestive tract, resulting in a large amount of nutrient loss and waste. Pectinase, in conjunction with other enzymes such as cellulase enzyme powder, hemicellulase, and ligninase, can break down the plant cell walls, exposing the cell contents. Further degradation and absorption occur under the action of various digestive enzymes in the body, improving the utilization rate of nutrients.


Pectinase can supplement the insufficient secretion of digestive enzymes in animals


The animal's gastrointestinal tract itself can secrete pectinase enzyme to promote the decomposition of plant cell walls and the absorption of nutrients. However, most animals cannot secrete enough pectinase, which prevents the complete absorption of nutrients in the feed and causes intestinal diseases. Adding pectinase enzyme can supplement the deficiency of endogenous enzymes, improve the utilization rate of pectin substances and crude fiber by animals, and also improve the composition, quantity, and activity of digestive enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract.


Pectinase can eliminate anti-nutritional factors in feed


The main components of animal feed are plants, and the main component of plant cell walls is non-starch polysaccharides such as cellulose and pectin. When these non-starch polysaccharides enter the digestive tract of livestock and poultry, they form a gel solution, raising the viscosity of intestinal substances and increasing the viscosity of intestinal chyme. This makes it difficult for the enzymes secreted by the animal itself to come into contact with the feed in the intestines, affecting the digestion and absorption of nutrients.


With the development of biotechnology, the production and quality of feed enzyme preparations and microbial preparations have rapidly increased. Enzyme preparations can improve feed utilization, promote animal growth, improve the ecological environment, and prevent animal diseases. They also avoid the negative effects of adding substances such as antibiotics, hormones, and high copper, and have significant economic benefits and positive environmental significance.



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