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RESEARCH AREAS AND DIRECTIONS

 

                               In the field of ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

 

  • Optimization and improvement of breeding and exploitation technologies for terrestrial and aquatic animals;
  • Improving the management of breeding and diversification of animal productions;
  • Obtaining innovative fodder preparations aimed at improving productive performance, reproduction, the quality of dairy products, and reducing environmental pollution in cow farms;
  • The use of phytogenic additives in the diet of terrestrial and aquatic animals;
  • The antimicrobial effect of essential oils on specific pathogens and on the meat quality of broilers;
  • Evaluation and combating the antinutritional effect of soluble non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs) in broilers;
  • Mineral nutrition of animals in conventional, organic, and transitional farms;
  • The impact of protected fats and conjugated linoleic acid on the amount and quality of milk in ewes;
  • The impact of hoof diseases on the metabolism and nitrogen excretion in dairy cows;
  • Ensuring the quality and safety of animal products;
  • Genetic improvement and management of genetic resources;
  • Improving the genetic structure and production performance of farm animals;
  • Efficient and sustainable systems for fodder production and grassland management;
  • The influence of the floristic composition of temporary grasslands on the quantity and quality of sheep milk and meat;
  • Integrated methods for controlling Eriochloa villosa in corn and sunflower crops;
  • Research on the influence of technological factors on the quality and production parameters in some oat varieties;
  • Research on combating the invasive species Ambrosia psilostachya (Ragweed, Ambrosia genus);
  • Optimization of breeding technologies for young breeding cattle and dairy and beef cows based on studies on their behaviour and ensuring welfare conditions in different maintenance systems;
  • Improving the hygienic quality of cow's milk and adapting farm conditions to food traceability methods;
  • Studies on optimizing techniques for controlling milk and meat production in cattle;
  • Utilising PLF (Precision Livestock Farming) to reduce GHG emissions in cattle;
  • Using PLF technologies to assess the welfare of dairy sheep;
  • Integration of innovative technologies within the value chain to improve the management of small ruminant welfare;
  • Study of the relationship between mastitis and genotype in dairy cows;
  • Study of the relationship between the PRL gene polymorphism and milk production in cattle;
  • Quantitative and qualitative genetic improvement of meat production in Romanian sheep breeds to align with EU standards;
  • Applied research on directing rumen fermentations in cattle and sheep farms of the future;
  • Increasing resistance to scrapie in Romanian sheep populations through molecular-assisted selection for the sustainable development of sheep breeding and exploitation, ensuring food security and public health;
  • Research on alternative methods to the usage of antibiotics in the prophylaxis and treatment of bee diseases;
  • Obtaining innovative products aimed at improving the technology of bee family breeding, disease control, and increasing productive performance;
  • Establishing strategies for identification, protection, and conservation of the Banat ecotype of the Apis mellifera carpatica bee;
  • Using bees as bioindicators of environmental pollution in Banat;
  • Research on the quality of bee products in accordance with EU requirements;
  • In vitro and in vivo studies on the therapeutic potential of honey from the Western region of Romania;
  • The influence of using bee products on reproduction indices in sturgeons;
  • Identification and implementation of feasible biotechnological paths for improving the productive potential of cyprinidae, percidae, and acipenseridae species found in our country's fish farms;
  • Conservation of endangered and threatened ichthyofauna through biotechnological methods;
  • Development of intensive and super-intensive technologies for breeding economically valuable fish;
  • The influence of phytogenic additives on the bioproductive and reproductive performances of trout and European catfish;
  • Identification and multiplication of valuable genotypes of fish species existing or newly introduced in our country's fish farms;
  • Optimization of technological management for producing fish fry or table fish in recirculating water systems;
  • Developing ways to improve the economic efficiency of recirculating water systems used for fish breeding, using unconventional energy sources;
  • Research on optimizing the management of effluents from recirculating water systems used for fish breeding, in terms of improving economic efficiency;
  • The use of chelating agents and plant active principles in reducing the tissue bioaccumulation of heavy metals in the species Carassius auratus gibelio (silver Prussian carp);
  • Evaluating the use of natural plant sources with antioxidant and chelating potential in mitigating the toxicity of metallic pollutants in freshwater fish species.

 

                              In the field of BIOTECHNOLOGY

 

  • Improving the genetic structure and production performance of farm animals through reproductive biotechnologies and other bioengineering techniques;
  • Optimizing nutrition to meet nutritional requirements and enhance productivity in farm animals;
  • Studying the antimicrobial effect of essential oils and their impact on the quality of poultry meat;
  • Implementing reproductive biotechnologies in fish to increase their productive potential;
  • Techniques for animal improvement through genetic engineering;
  • Production of bioproducts for utilisation in animal husbandry;
  • Producing high-nutritional-value foodstuffs or those intended for people with medical conditions;
  • Producing microbial biotechnological products used as probiotics, starter cultures, and inoculants in the agri-food sector;
  • Evaluating the chemical composition and biotechnological potential of bee products;
  • Biomass biorefinery for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts;
  • Circular bioeconomy of waste and by-products from farms for generating renewable energy, reducing pollution, and producing valuable fertilizer;
  • Renewable energy sources and circular economy applied in an academic community as an example of smart sustainable development;
  • Integrating microbial biotechnology into the bioeconomy of polluted areas and organic waste management to reduce pollution and carbon footprint;
  • Analyzing the degree of agricultural pollution and studying the impact of polluting factors on the environment;
  • Studying the biodegradation process of zootechnical residues in wastewater treatment plants;
  • Studying Campylobacter species isolated from poultry sources;
  • Testing antimicrobial products for the inhibition of Campylobacter species and other pathogenic bacteria;
  • Producing biocompatible polymer matrices;
  • Stabilizing enzymes by immobilization in porous polymer matrices;
  • Physico-chemical characterization of natural matrices.
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