Amino acid analysis

  • The development of robust near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) calibrations for amino acid analysis should continue (Chapter 2). The speed of analysis would facilitate continuous adjustment of dietary formulae to accommodate batch-to-batch variations in amino acid composition. The use of digestible rather than total amino acid values in dietary formulations would also be enhanced through greater use of NIRS in the future.
  • International standarization in amino acid analysis has now become a reality and should continue in the years ahead particularly between EU member states and North America.
  • Difficulties and protracted procedures associated with the analysis of sulphur amino acids make it imperative that detailed methodologies are reported in research papers in order to facilitate interpretation of response data (Chapter 8).
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