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Jaap van Milgen

INRA research center

Jaap(Jacob) van Milgen obtained an MSc degree from Wageningen University and a PhD degree from the University of Illinois in animal science in 1991. He joined INRA as a post-doctoral researcher in 1992. In 1994, he obtained a permanent position to work on the nutritional modeling of growth in pigs. He also developed an extensive research program of energy and amino acid nutrition. Jaap van Milgen published over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is co-author of the InraPorc software, a tool for the evaluation of nutritional strategies in pigs. From 2012 until 2018, Jaap van Milgen was head of the Pegase research unit in Rennes. Pegase’s mission is to “identify the biological basis and conceive levers by which animal production will contribute efficiently and responsibly to a sustainable development”. Jaap van Milgen is coordinator of the Feed-a-Gene project ( This 5-year project is funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union and involves 23 partners in nine countries.
The aim of Feed-a-Gene is to adapt the feed, the animal and the feeding techniques to improve the efficiency and sustainability of monogastric livestock production systems.