Projects / Programmes source: ARRS

Sustainable Agriculture

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.02.00  Biotechnical sciences  Animal production   
4.03.00  Biotechnical sciences  Plant production   

Code Science Field
B400  Biomedical sciences  Zootechny, animal husbandry, breeding 

Code Science Field
4.02  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Animal and Dairy science 
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
animal science; fruit growing; vine growing; oenology; environmental footprint; soil science; agicultural engineering; pest management; food quality
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on March 21, 2023; A3 for period 2017-2021
Data for ARRS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  539  14,150  12,829  23.8 
Scopus  584  15,108  13,673  23.41 
Researchers (42)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  53570  Sergeja Adamič  Plant production  Junior researcher  2019 - 2021  23 
2.  05658  PhD Drago Babnik  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  361 
3.  16373  PhD Helena Baša Česnik  Chemistry  Researcher  2018 - 2023  882 
4.  33232  PhD Nina Batorek Lukač  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  203 
5.  17919  PhD Dejan Bavčar  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  287 
6.  31007  PhD Irena Bertoncelj  Biology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  95 
7.  53292  Jernej Bubnič  Animal production  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021  47 
8.  11233  PhD Marjeta Čandek Potokar  Animal production  Principal Researcher  2018 - 2023  741 
9.  35366  PhD Anka Čebulj  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2021  62 
10.  21613  PhD Franc Čuš  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  340 
11.  10448  PhD Aleš Gregorc  Animal production  Researcher  2018  489 
12.  26536  PhD Jože Hladnik  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2021  62 
13.  00371  PhD Viktor Jejčič  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  1,151 
14.  29728  PhD Janez Jenko  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2019  140 
15.  12010  PhD Janez Jeretina  Animal production  Researcher  2020 - 2023  402 
16.  34275  PhD Daša Jevšinek Skok  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2023  79 
17.  32553  PhD Anastazija Jež Krebelj  Plant production  Researcher  2022 - 2023  42 
18.  16059  PhD Veronika Kmecl  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2023  438 
19.  05663  PhD Darinka Koron  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  736 
20.  29500  PhD Robert Leskovšek  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2021  222 
21.  25795  PhD Klemen Lisjak  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  289 
22.  14023  PhD Betka Logar  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  428 
23.  51919  Alenka Mihelčič  Plant production  Junior researcher  2018 - 2023  36 
24.  30770  PhD Ajda Moškrič  Biology  Researcher  2018 - 2023  43 
25.  38985  PhD Jana Obšteter  Animal production  Researcher  2020 - 2023  58 
26.  55850  Jana Petelin Zadnik  Animal production  Junior researcher  2021 
27.  50594  PhD Klavdija Poklukar Žnidaršič  Animal production  Junior researcher  2018 - 2023  45 
28.  35156  PhD Mateja Potisek  Plant production  Researcher  2022 - 2023  25 
29.  23608  PhD Janez Prešern  Biology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  181 
30.  10922  PhD Andrej Simončič  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2021  922 
31.  28877  PhD Maja Ivana Smodiš Škerl  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  253 
32.  08746  PhD Matej Stopar  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  428 
33.  27589  PhD Martin Škrlep  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  316 
34.  38767  PhD Katja Šuklje  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2023  103 
35.  31919  PhD Urška Tomažin  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2021  113 
36.  21399  PhD Andreja Vanzo  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  228 
37.  14548  PhD Špela Velikonja Bolta  Chemistry  Researcher  2018 - 2023  420 
38.  10035  PhD Jože Verbič  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  922 
39.  16283  PhD Borut Vrščaj  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2021  869 
40.  34339  PhD Nika Weber  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2021  174 
41.  38190  Polona Zabukovec  Biotechnology  Junior researcher  2018 - 2020  12 
42.  22606  PhD Tomaž Žnidaršič  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2023  186 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0401  Agricultural institute of Slovenia  Ljubljana  5055431  19,436 
The aim of the research program "Sustainable agriculture" is to provide knowledge for a competitive and environmentally sustainable agricultural production of high-quality and healthy food (of animal or plant origin). Knowledge and experience of the researchers involved in the program enable to resolve complex problems of agriculture with an interdisciplinary approach and holistic perspective. The program has two pillars; the first focuses on productivity and quality of production of various agricultural (food) products (milk, meat, honey, fruits and wine). The second pillar focuses on environmental aspects. Both pillars are linked by a common point, i.e. the emphasis on technological factors or production systems. The program is divided into several specialized working groups, which are supported by a joint unit for chemical analysis (laboratories) and informatics. Technological pillar consists of research to improve the productivity and quality of animal production and processing (milk, meat), including fodder quality, covers challenges in beekeeping, fruit growing, vine growing and winemaking. Environmental pillar focuses on the effects of agricultural activities on the environment and research of agro-technology measures to reduce the environmental burden. Competitive agricultural activity brings negative effects on the environment originating in the use of chemicals for crop protection, land application of fertilizers and greenhouse gas emissions. Research will focus on environmental footprint of different production systems in animal and crop production with the ultimate goal to preserve natural resources, which will be monitored by using methods of geographic information systems and modelling.
Significance for science
Research activities address a wide range of challenges for the benefit of agricultural production. The programme deals with new, original scientific questions and specific problems encountered in Slovenian circumstances. Scientific achievements of program members along with high involvement in EU research projects and networks guarantee a devotion to achieve high scientific relevance and originality and to keep the pace with the global progress in science.   In animal science and production, the scientific challenges refer to forage evaluation and its quality optimisation for the ruminant nutrition which includes the development of novel methods for evaluation and of varieties with improved nutritive value. Research for the benefits of milk and meat production using novel breeding tools (genomic selection) and interaction with production system or management in the herd. In pig production continued research on quality of meat with scientific challenges related to multicriteria evaluation of local pig breed Krskopolje for high quality products and  emerging problems of meat quality related to the ending of surgical castration of piglets (welfare and meat quality issue). Sustainability of alternatives (raising entire males or immunocastrates) needs evaluation with special view on Slovenian circumstances.There is a need for more scientific evidence related to the adaptation of animal production to climate changes and reduction of negative impact on the environment (greenhouse gas emissions) which are also the challenges followed in the programme.   In honey bee, research will focus on its biology, breed characteristics and vitality at individual or colony level. Honeybee represents a model for studying the external effects on live tissues and organs, for that purpose immunohistological and molecular methods together with clinical testing in science are expected to bring new findings and applications in bee breeding.   In fruit growing, new apple thinning agents are necessary to develop and enhance the consistency of thinning and to reduce the environmental risk. The techniques of precision agriculture will be developed for the spraying programs in the orchard with aim to satisfy physiological needs of individual tree. Up-grading of conventional approach in viticulture and oenology with genomic, proteomic and metabolomic research on vinification process and bioactive compounds is liable to provide original scientific data.   Research on plant disease and pest spreading in a specific (Slovenian) environment represents a contribution to the body of knowledge on biology and ecology of harmful organisms in the broader context and provides scientific basis for the development of adequate technologies for the protection of agricultural plants.   Soil quality and groundwater dependence, environmental soil properties assessment and modelling, soil-plant relationships, digital soil mapping and proximal sensing represent fundamental research focus in order to sustain agro ecosystem quality. Soil-plant-groundwater research is fundamental for achieving sustainable agriculture and proper natural resource management. Additionally, soil organic C poll and atmospheric C sequestration research activities are needed to mitigate greenhouse gas and climatic change effects and threats. A need for alternative energetic resources makes the research of biogenic fuels emerging and highly relevant. Technologies of utilization of biogenic fuels are still in their early stage development, reducing GHG emissions with using mentioned fuels is one of the main motives of research. Original results are expected in research of environmental footprint due to specific conditions of Slovenian agriculture.
Significance for the country
Due to the holistic approach in addressing the technological and environmental aspects of agricultural activities, the results of the program are of great importance for the sustainable development of Slovenian agriculture and the society. The program follows national priorities in the field of rural development, on the competitiveness of agriculture, food quality and diversification of agicultural production, on green energy, environmental protection and sustainable management of natural resources. The program is characterized by close cooperation with end users. The scientific objectives are often the result of knowing the specific problems that result from working with government authorities, farmers and professional associations (eg in breeding programs for cattle, pigs and bees, testing varieties of fruit and vine, impact of pesticides as related to agricultural practice, greenhouse gas emissions, monitoring of soil pollution, development of agricultural mechanisation, etc.). Link with farm advisory service and chambers (agriculture, food industry) provides that the results and knowledge are transferred directly to farmers and food industry. Besides dissemination of the research results to scientific and professional community, efforts are made to reach general public and consumers through different media and promotional activities. Programme contributes to the development of human resources via involvement of programme subjects and people in undergraduate and postgraduate education. Membership of reserachers in numerous national and international expert committees, advisory bodies, ministries and committees at national and EU level prove the relevance of the competencies and international reputation. Integration in international research projects and networks (esp. EU) shows the international value of the research achievemnts and provides better access to foreign know-how.
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