Projects / Programmes source: ARRS

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 8, 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  942  19,817  18,345  19.47 
Scopus  943  22,708  21,060  22.33 
Researchers (34)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  12183  PhD Jana Ambrožič Dolinšek  Natural sciences and mathematics  Researcher  2019 - 2023  287 
2.  05085  PhD Franc Bavec  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  910 
3.  10142  PhD Martina Bavec  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  972 
4.  12470  PhD Andreja Borec  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2019 - 2023  224 
5.  33622  Darja Farasin    Technician  2022 - 2023 
6.  05328  PhD Vojko Flis  Medical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2021  716 
7.  20420  PhD Lidija Gradišnik  Medical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  274 
8.  10448  PhD Aleš Gregorc  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  490 
9.  15751  PhD Radovan Hojs  Medical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2021  771 
10.  39129  PhD Nataša Imenšek  Biotechnical sciences  Junior researcher  2019 - 2021  14 
11.  16240  PhD Anton Ivančič  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2020  224 
12.  10352  PhD Mitja Kaligarič  Natural sciences and mathematics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  691 
13.  05087  PhD Branko Kramberger  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  516 
14.  17004  PhD Janja Kristl  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  174 
15.  10720  PhD Miran Lakota  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  356 
16.  23574  PhD Tomaž Langerholc  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  278 
17.  13492  PhD Mario Lešnik  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  577 
18.  20129  PhD Dušica Pahor  Medical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2021  755 
19.  15749  PhD Breda Pečovnik Balon  Medical sciences    2019 - 2023  335 
20.  53572  Andrej Perko  Biotechnical sciences  Junior researcher  2019 - 2023 
21.  36943  PhD Maša Pintarič  Natural sciences and mathematics  Technician  2020 - 2023  45 
22.  27890  PhD Maja Prevolnik Povše  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  234 
23.  34865  PhD Jernej Prišenk  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2021 - 2023  185 
24.  56970  Leticia Salvioni Ansaloni  Biotechnical sciences  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023 
25.  29460  PhD Janko Skok  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2023  108 
26.  52911  Kristijan Skok  Medical sciences  Researcher  2022 - 2023  88 
27.  18035  PhD Pavel Skok  Medical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2021  663 
28.  11043  PhD Denis Stajnko  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  469 
29.  01364  PhD Dejan Škorjanc  Biotechnical sciences  Principal Researcher  2019 - 2023  426 
30.  53343  PhD Biljana Todorović  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2021  10 
31.  10036  PhD Jernej Turk  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  421 
32.  19081  PhD Tatjana Unuk  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  274 
33.  28251  PhD Andreja Urbanek Krajnc  Natural sciences and mathematics  Researcher  2019 - 2023  211 
34.  00962  PhD Stanislav Vršič  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2019 - 2023  388 
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  10,309 
2.  2334  University of Maribor, Faculty of Medicine  Maribor  5089638048  16,469 
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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