Generational shift takes hold with rise of multi-carbohydrase technology

In a single bound, a new face has emerged for the next generation of feed enzyme technology.

The leap forward is the launch of expanded availability for Superzyme – “The Original Multi-Carbohyrase” – in the U.S., Canada and beyond.

Multi-carbohydrase technology is a dynamic, revolutionary new platform for feed enzymes technology that is flexible to customize for any livestock diet.

It takes the opportunity to get more nutritional value out of feed to a brand new, much higher level, by leveraging over 30 years of research and development to maximize benefits.

Here’s a look inside the concept of multi-carbohydrase and how it makes a difference on the farm, with perspective from insiders on the Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. team.

Q: What is multi-carbohydrase technology?

Mark Peters, CBS Inc. Sales and Marketing Director: For everyone involved in the feed business, from commercial feed mills to individual livestock operations, the simplest way to describe multi-carbohydrase technology is that it’s a new platform for harnessing the power of enzymes. It uses multiple enzyme sources expressing multiple activities, to get more nutritional value or “bang per bite” out of any livestock diet.

The multi-carbohydrase technology utilized in Superzymedelivers complete coverage to a broad range of indigestible components present in animal feeds. This ensures all indigestible components are targeted and therefore maximum nutrition is extracted from the feed.

Q: What makes it unique?

Peters: The key is the use of multiple enzyme sources with multiple activities. Traditional enzyme products utilize only one or two activities to break down the indigestible components of the feed. A true multi-carbohydrase such as Superzyme utilizes up to seven different activities with each activity targeting a specific component of the diet. The result is much broader coverage and stronger benefits.

Q: Why are multiple activities needed?

Rob Patterson, CBS Inc. Technical Director: Today with advances in science we know much more about the hard-to-digest components of feed and our ability to address these using enzymes. We know there are more components that need to be addressed and the only way to address them all is with a multi-carbohydrase approach.

All feed includes a number of either hard-to-digest or indigestible components. Enzymes can break down these components so more energy and nutrients are made available to the animal. But each type of indigestible component is unique and requires a specific type of enzyme activity.

If you use a product that only targets one or two activities, you are only addressing one or two of the hard-to-digest components. But with a true multi-carbohydrase, you can address much more. Instead of targeting 10, 20 or 50 percent of hard-to-digest components, you can address 80 to 100 percent. With Superzyme, the target is “total breakdown” of all the indigestible components that would otherwise represent unused nutritional value.

Q: What makes a true multi-carbohydrase?

Patterson: Not all enzyme products are created equally. Results can vary widely based on the different enzyme sources used, which have different levels of quality and ranges of activity. In a product with multiple enzyme activities, results can also vary greatly based on how well the different enzyme activities work together and complement one another.

Formulation is also critical – to truly get the best results the enzymes must be tailored to the specific diets used and the type of livestock. This is why Superzyme is designed as a flexible, platform technology that can be customized to fit the needs of the customer.

So, true multi-carbohydrase is more than just a matter of having multiple activities. Having the right science, right product design and capacity for tailoring for specific uses are all huge factors.

Q: Where does multi-carbohyrase fit in the evolution of feed enzyme technology?

We’ve come a long way. For example, arguably the greatest enzyme success story to date has been phytase, which targets phytic acid (also known as phytate). The phytic acid in plant material is essentially indigestible for monogastrics such as swine and poultry. However,

phytase addresses this by causing the hydrolysis (i.e., breakdown) of phytate, which liberates phosphorus, calcium and other nutrients, thereby increasing their absorption. This allows nutritionists to reduce the inclusion of inorganic or synthetic sources of these nutrients, resulting in financial savings for the operation.

Over the years, feed enzyme technology has advanced not only for phytase products but also for a number of other enzyme formulations with different activities and targets, including, for example, various forms of xylanase that target xylans, cellulase for targeting cellulose and beta-glucanase that targets beta-glucans.

Multi-carbohydrase technology as it is utilized inSuperzyme captures all of these advances in one package, leveraging over 30 years of research and development by CBS Inc. and its partners. The enzyme activities included in Superzyme are the best of the best available today – each one has been painstakingly identified, researched and developed to ensure all included in the package complement one another seamlessly and deliver a high level of both individual and synergistic benefits.

This is truly a once in a generation major advancement that represents the leading-edge of our science-based knowledge on the most effective use of feed enzyme technology.

Q: How can industry learn more?

Peters: One of best and fastest ways is a new website, It includes an overview of the Superzyme product, where it fits in the history and evolution of enzyme technology, step-by-step details on the fermentation process, information on competitive advantage benefits, and contact information for sales and support. An extensive technical summary is also available.

We also welcome potential customers to contact us directly at any time. Phone toll free at 1-800-561-2474 or email