Projects / Programmes source: ARIS

Research for improvement of safe food and health

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.03.00  Biotechnical sciences  Plant production   
3.07.00  Medical sciences  Metabolic and hormonal disorders   

Code Science Field
B006  Biomedical sciences  Agronomics 

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
3.02  Medical and Health Sciences  Clinical medicine 
food production/ food processing/ food safety/ health
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on June 14, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  965  21,774  20,224  20.96 
Scopus  977  25,080  23,329  23.88 
Researchers (35)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  12183  PhD Jana Ambrožič Dolinšek  Biology  Researcher  2019 - 2024  296 
2.  05085  PhD Franc Bavec  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2023  913 
3.  10142  PhD Martina Bavec  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2024  1,001 
4.  12470  PhD Andreja Borec  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2019 - 2024  241 
5.  33622  Darja Farasin    Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
6.  05328  PhD Vojko Flis  Cardiovascular system  Researcher  2019 - 2021  729 
7.  20420  PhD Lidija Gradišnik  Neurobiology  Researcher  2019 - 2024  294 
8.  10448  PhD Aleš Gregorc  Animal production  Researcher  2019 - 2024  501 
9.  15751  PhD Radovan Hojs  Metabolic and hormonal disorders  Researcher  2019 - 2021  803 
10.  39129  PhD Nataša Imenšek  Animal production  Junior researcher  2019 - 2021  15 
11.  16240  PhD Anton Ivančič  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2020  224 
12.  10352  PhD Mitja Kaligarič  Biology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  700 
13.  05087  PhD Branko Kramberger  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2024  520 
14.  17004  PhD Janja Kristl  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2024  175 
15.  10720  PhD Miran Lakota  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2024  361 
16.  23574  PhD Tomaž Langerholc  Biotechnology  Researcher  2019 - 2024  289 
17.  13492  PhD Mario Lešnik  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2024  601 
18.  20129  PhD Dušica Pahor  Metabolic and hormonal disorders  Researcher  2019 - 2021  777 
19.  15749  PhD Breda Pečovnik Balon  Metabolic and hormonal disorders  Retired researcher  2019 - 2024  335 
20.  53572  Andrej Perko  Plant production  Junior researcher  2019 - 2024  24 
21.  36943  PhD Maša Pintarič  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  47 
22.  27890  PhD Maja Prevolnik Povše  Animal production  Researcher  2019 - 2024  258 
23.  34865  PhD Jernej Prišenk  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2021 - 2024  195 
24.  29568  PhD Jurij Rakun  Plant production  Researcher  2023 - 2024  229 
25.  56970  Leticia Salvioni Ansaloni  Biotechnical sciences  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
26.  29460  PhD Janko Skok  Animal production  Researcher  2021 - 2024  131 
27.  52911  Kristijan Skok  Medical sciences  Researcher  2022  91 
28.  18035  PhD Pavel Skok  Metabolic and hormonal disorders  Researcher  2019 - 2021  677 
29.  11043  PhD Denis Stajnko  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2024  482 
30.  01364  PhD Dejan Škorjanc  Biotechnical sciences  Head  2019 - 2024  435 
31.  53343  PhD Biljana Todorović  Biotechnology  Researcher  2019 - 2021  10 
32.  10036  PhD Jernej Turk  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2024  429 
33.  19081  PhD Tatjana Unuk  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2024  289 
34.  28251  PhD Andreja Urbanek Krajnc  Biology  Researcher  2019 - 2024  227 
35.  00962  PhD Stanislav Vršič  Plant production  Researcher  2019 - 2024  397 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0482  University of Maribor, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences  Hoče  5089638004  9,954 
2.  2334  University of Maribor, Faculty of Medicine  Maribor  5089638048  16,626 
Based on the results from long-term trial and some others with different field crops and vegetables in four production systems were evaluated using LCA method for determination of their impact on environment. In the field of fruit production, storage of fruits of higher quality, as well as technological measurments in cultivation and afforestation technologies were determined. We developed non-destructive and semidestructive methods for monitoring the quality and optimal harvest time. Research in viticulture included the issues of effects of climate change on vines and the possibilities of adapting production technologies and the selection of appropriate varieties in the rootstocks, including varieties for table grapes. Breeding and chemical evaluation of taro were ended with publishing three breeding protocols in frame of INEA project. The breeding of oil pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L. subsp. Pepo var. Styriaca Grebenšč.) was based on a modified recurrent selection, and intra and interspecies crosses formed genetic variability. The study of breeding elderberries was based on interspecies crosses, which included 5 species (Sambucus cerulea, S. ebulus, S. javanica, S. nigra and S. racemosa). The process of breeding was associated with the analysis of the variability of secondary metabolites in extracts of inflorescences and fruits. In the frame sustainable forage production, winter cover plants as forage and their impact on unwanted emissions (N, C,..) into environment were estimated. Grassland diversity were elucidate in eastern and central Europe by studying the fragmentation of grasslands in the agricultural landscape. Ethological segment of the research program covered investigated mechanisms of behavior of piglets in the early stages of lactation) and post-weaning period. To study the reduction of environmental burdens due to the introduction of new soil tillage technologies and the use of alternative energy sources in greenhouses, we estimated the environmental footprint (SPIonWeb). The development of new modelling tools in agricultural economics has been linked with the application of these for solving rural development issues (market paths, food quality labelling,…). A study of mechanisms of action of probiotic bacteria in prevention of the metabolic syndrome was performed within the food safety and health research area. An in vitro laboratory study, which investigated the mechanisms of probiotic/protective bacterial action in the prevention of metabolic syndrome using cell lines of the human intestinal epithelium, human monocytes / macrophages and human visceral preadipocytes, was performed. We also developed a model of the epithelial cell line of the small intestine of chicken and checked the functioning of plant extracts rich in hydrolysing tannins, their optimal concentration, antioxidant potential, bioavailability and immunological activation of cells.
Significance for science
The general research strategy of the research program is to obtain new basic knowledge that will enable their application due to climate change the use of natural resources (climate, soil, water, biodiversity, ecosystems services, ..) with good agronomic (genetic improvement, plant protection, ..) and animal husbandry practices (animal welfare, ...) to obtain quality and healthy food for the people of our society. This knowledge will continue to be used to ensure safe food throughout the food chain, and thus also affect the quality of life and contribute to the sustainable and economic development of Slovenia and the reputation of the Slovenian scientific and economic sphere in Europe and the world.   I: FOOD PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING With production technologies and systems that enable the production of safe foods obtained in a closed circuit, they provide basic procedures that can influence on the optimization of sustainability, energy use and food safety, taking into account climate change. Using original research approaches, methods and originality in data processing, we will make a significant contribution to the results of research on the development of science both in the plant and in the livestock farming sector. The development of new agriculture economic methods and its successful application in the field of agro-food and rural development will be important contribute to the development of science and the agricultural industry. In the livestock production there is a gap perceived on the basic biological knowledge of domestic animals, which does not follow to the accelerated growing of the other fields within livestock branch. Human driven changes in the natural cycle of animals require basic biological knowledge, which represent an invaluable scientific contribution in the field of mammalian biology. It present the core for understanding and enforcement of the "Animal welfare" standard of farm animals in animal husbandry. The use of normal cell lines of the intestinal tract in the research of the activity of plant additives gives our work a higher functionality and usability with regard to the expected results and represent a step towards greater resilience with the actual in vivo situation in the digestive tract. In addition, rapid development of accurate methods of NIR spectroscopy and neural networks will be an important scientific development in the field of meat quality.   II: FOODA SAFETY AND HEALTHSKLOP Within the food safety and health research area, we will further try to enlarge basic knowledge in the field of interaction of probiotic bacteria and pathogens, colonization and invasion of the small intestine epithelium. Studies of probiotic mechanisms based on cell-molecular levels are scares. These findings are important for the purposes of prevention and treatment of existing and future pathogens, which could be transmitted by food. For many chemical pollutants, xenobiotics and functional ingredients in food is not known their impact on cell physiology and human health, nor does their rate of absorption from food. The development of in vitro cell models and the validation of their use is an important part of reducing the use of experimental animals in research studies.
Significance for the country
Setting program priorities is an important means of facilitating the scientific and technological advances needed to meet the challenges facing Slovene (and world agriculture). The program priorities encompass several strategic goals of Slovenian agriculture: 1. Enhancing economic opportunities for agricultural producers, in order to increase the competitiveness of Slovene agriculture. 2. Improving human health and well-being through an abundant, safe, agricultural ecosystem. 3. Popularization of Slovenia in the world.   I. FOOD PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING Optimizing of agriculture production systems can contribute to greater food self-sufficiency, preserve cultivated landscape, improve the quality and safety of food and reduce the negative impacts of agricultural production on the environment. The appropriate choice of production system can also contribute to greater economic efficiency and social security of the human population. Including proper alternative crops for Slovenian agro ecological conditions could be potential for production of natural functional food and innovations in food processing. Improving production systems will increase ability of providing safe and healthy food, as well as the contribution to the conservation of environment, and species and landscape diversity. The results will contribute to the increased interest for organic and sustainable farming. An important input to the engineering knowledge development is expected and usefulness of the results in the practice. Slovenian agriculture is (in) directly integrated into the habitat of most of the population, so documented and traceable activity is of utmost importance for the production of safe food and to build confidence among the rural and urban populations. Finding alternative activities on the farm, that include making combined heat and electrical power can reduce the dependence of biogas crops (corn), and increases self-sufficiency (short rotation forestry). Progression of knowledge of biological/natural background of animals, included into human food system, could represent a crucially aid in animal breeding systems rationalization (economy, environment conservation). Indeed, basic biological knowledge plays an important role in introduction of specific, to the local environment adjusted animal breeding systems. Moreover, such knowledge could indirectly stimulate conservation of Slovenian autochthon and traditional breeds. Development of practical applications for the assessment of carcass and meat quality will be useful for all participants in the meat chain (breeders, breeding services, meat processing industry, consumers) in terms of determining the suitability of meat for further processing, for providing safe and tasty meat, for rapid and inexpensive analysis of meat quality indicators, for routine testing of genetic lines in breeding and selection programs, etc.).   II. FOOD SAFETY AND HEALTH The public has a general negative attitude to animal testing. Therefore is development of cellular models for testing toxicity and the development of new functional foods necessary for ethical reasons. Consumer has less hesitation to use such products with required standards of food safety for consumption. The development of functional foods could lead to a patent protection and it will be an opportunity for the development of Slovenian food industry.
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