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Emily Burton

Emily Burton


School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division


Emily Burton is a Professor in Sustainable Food Production. She undertakes a mixture of teaching, commercially driven research investigations and applied research into poultry nutrition and related fields. Prof Burton leads the University’s poultry nutrition research team, based at the Brackenhurst Campus.

Career overview

Prof Burton gained a BSc in Animal Physiology and Nutrition from the University of Leeds and a PhD in the nutritional value of soya beans for broiler chicks from the University of Nottingham. She spent seven years as a post-doctoral researcher mainly focusing on feed quality and exogenous enzyme effects on broiler performance, but also briefly investigating the capacity of fibrolytic enzymes to improve forage digestion in dairy cows.

After a spending two years as the companion bird nutritionist for Mars at their Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, Dr Burton established a new poultry research unit at Nottingham Trent University in 2009.

Research areas

Prof  Burton's research primarily focuses on interactions between feed materials and gastrointestinal physiology in poultry. She has particular interest in optimising the nutritional value of industrial co-products for use in poultry diets, methods of inactivating anti-nutritional factors in plant materials, bone development in poultry and the role of nutrition in reducing the environmental impact of poultry production.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards PhD exist in all the areas identified above and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and / or support of:


Effect of feeding broilers diets differing in susceptible phytate content. Morgan NK, Walk CL, Bedford MR, Scholey DV and Burton EJ, Animal Nutrition, 2016, 2 (1), 33–39

Contribution of intestinal- and cereal-derived phytase activity on phyate degradation in young broilers. Morgan NK, Walk CL, Bedford MR, Burton EJ, Poultry Science, 2015, 97 (7),1577-83

The bio refinery; producing feed and fuel from grain. Scholey DV, Burton EJ, Williams PEV, Journal of Food Chemistry, 2015, 197, 137-142

A comparison of two methods for determining titanium dioxide marker content in broiler digestibility studies. Morgan NK, Scholey DV and Burton EJ, Animal, 2014, 8 (4), 529-533

The effect of dietary calcium inclusion on broiler gastrointestinal pH: Quantification and method optimisation. Morgan NK, Walk CL, M.R. Bedford and Burton EJ, Poultry Science, 2014, 93 (2), 354-363

In vitro versus in situ evaluation of the effect of phytase supplementation on calcium and phosphorus solubility in soybean and rapeseed meal broiler diets. Morgan NK, Walk CL, Bedford MR and Burton EJ, British Poultry Science, 2014, 55 (2), 238-45

A natural carbohydrate fraction Actigen™ from Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell wall: effects on goblet cells, gut morphology and performance of broiler chickens. Lea H, Spring P, Taylor-Pickard J and Burton E, Journal of Applied Animal Nutrition, 2014, 93, 9

Use of cereal crops for food and fuel: characterisation of a novel bio-ethanol co-product for use in meat poultry diets. Burton EJ, Scholey DV and Williams PEV, Food and Energy Security, 2013, 2 (3), 197-206

See all of Emily Burton's publications...

Press expertise

  • Animal nutrition
  • Sustainable Food Production
  • Poultry production