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Projects / Programmes source: ARIS

Animal health, environment and food safety

Periods
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.04.00  Biotechnical sciences  Veterinarian medicine   
4.03.00  Biotechnical sciences  Plant production   

Code Science Field
B000  Biomedical sciences   

Code Science Field
4.03  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Veterinary science 
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
Keywords
animal health, environment, food safety, infectious diseases, new pathogens, vectors, foodborne zoonoses, biofilm forming capacity, insects as a source of proteins, pets, indicators of environment contamination, bees and wild pollinators, animal welfare, diagnostics, metagenomics
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
16,515.8
A''
484.56
A'
7,135.59
A1/2
9,567.63
CI10
9,029
CImax
497
h10
38
A1
55.54
A3
100.33
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on February 27, 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  830  10,824  9,838  11.85 
Scopus  954  12,512  11,377  11.93 
Researchers (82)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  28448  PhD Jana Avberšek  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  119 
2.  26545  PhD Janja Babič  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2022 - 2024  34 
3.  21401  PhD Zlatka Bajc  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  80 
4.  33139  PhD Petra Bandelj  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  55 
5.  55717  Simona Barat    Technical associate  2022 
6.  15199  PhD Majda Biasizzo  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  124 
7.  00357  PhD Franci Aco Celar  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2024  353 
8.  08602  PhD Vesna Cerkvenik Flajs  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  172 
9.  11195  Renata Ciglarič  Veterinarian medicine  Technical associate  2023 - 2024  22 
10.  53582  Marko Cvetko  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024 
11.  31553  Danijela Černe    Technical associate  2020 - 2024  129 
12.  04576  PhD Martin Dobeic  Animal production  Researcher  2020 - 2024  255 
13.  12003  PhD Jožica Dolenc  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  87 
14.  39877  Tamara Dolenšek  Veterinarian medicine  Technical associate  2020  50 
15.  11184  PhD Alenka Dovč  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  472 
16.  52322  Marjeta Dremelj    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
17.  18096  Boštjan Flajnik    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
18.  56946  Špela Golavšek  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
19.  30378  PhD Majda Golob  Veterinarian medicine  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  185 
20.  17569  PhD Mitja Gombač  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  200 
21.  14880  PhD Igor Gruntar  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  112 
22.  28275  PhD Urška Henigman  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  83 
23.  56947  Barbara Hočevar  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
24.  51854  PhD Jaka Jakob Hodnik  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2020 - 2022  60 
25.  08321  PhD Peter Hostnik  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  409 
26.  18592  PhD Breda Jakovac Strajn  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  210 
27.  25841  PhD Urška Jamnikar Ciglenečki  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  121 
28.  04272  PhD Vlasta Jenčič  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  435 
29.  21704  PhD Jožica Ježek  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  312 
30.  04630  PhD Polona Juntes  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  426 
31.  39657  Maja Kavalič    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
32.  18888  PhD Andrej Kirbiš  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  215 
33.  38142  PhD Tanja Knific  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  70 
34.  58406  Polona Koren    Technical associate  2023 - 2024 
35.  35374  PhD Katja Kranjc  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2020 - 2024  83 
36.  23320  PhD Uroš Krapež  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  180 
37.  58404  Petra Križe    Technical associate  2023 - 2024 
38.  11132  PhD Branko Krt  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  227 
39.  28450  PhD Urška Kuhar  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  116 
40.  24296  PhD Darja Kušar  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  196 
41.  16346  PhD Tadej Malovrh  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  330 
42.  31365  Robi Matak    Technical associate  2023 - 2024 
43.  22714  Boštjan Medved    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
44.  11879  PhD Jasna Mičunovič  Veterinarian medicine  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  87 
45.  58405  Benjamin Mihelič    Technical associate  2023 - 2024 
46.  32994  PhD Nina Mlakar Hrženjak  Veterinarian medicine  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  34 
47.  18883  Andrejka Močnik  Veterinarian medicine  Technical associate  2023 - 2024  18 
48.  11133  PhD Matjaž Ocepek  Veterinarian medicine  Head  2020 - 2024  468 
49.  38144  PhD Bojan Papić  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2021  104 
50.  24612  PhD Mateja Pate  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2022 - 2024  277 
51.  54722  Katarina Pavlin  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  16 
52.  24778  PhD Katarina Pavšič Vrtač  Animal production  Researcher  2020 - 2024  59 
53.  16213  PhD Štefan Pintarič  Animal production  Researcher  2020 - 2024  261 
54.  24598  Tina Pirš  Veterinarian medicine  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  84 
55.  15315  PhD Metka Pislak Ocepek  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  151 
56.  38981  Jan Plut  Veterinarian medicine  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  60 
57.  17556  PhD Janez Posedi  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2023 - 2024  72 
58.  17027  PhD Klemen Potočnik  Animal production  Researcher  2020 - 2024  547 
59.  24115  PhD Joško Račnik  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  348 
60.  36307  PhD Petra Raspor Lainšček  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  35 
61.  22446  PhD Brigita Slavec  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  198 
62.  23944  PhD Jože Starič  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  470 
63.  55731  Petra Šenica  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2021 - 2024 
64.  50526  PhD Laura Šimenc  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  33 
65.  24901  Andrej Škibin  Veterinarian medicine  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  26 
66.  55729  Maruša Škrbec  Biotechnical sciences  Junior researcher  2021 - 2024 
67.  54723  Manja Šolinc  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024 
68.  19156  PhD Marina Štukelj  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  212 
69.  39088  PhD Sabina Šturm  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2020 - 2022  26 
70.  18884  PhD Tanja Švara  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  224 
71.  07811  PhD Gabrijela Tavčar Kalcher  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  152 
72.  20040  PhD Ivan Toplak  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  532 
73.  12645  PhD Stanka Vadnjal  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  175 
74.  16214  PhD Gorazd Vengušt  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  249 
75.  57542  Lena Veren Geč  Veterinarian medicine  Technical associate  2023 - 2024 
76.  11489  PhD Aleksandra Vergles Rataj  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  154 
77.  19720  PhD Matej Vidrih  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2024  513 
78.  33447  Urška Zajc  Veterinarian medicine  Technical associate  2020 - 2024  74 
79.  12682  PhD Irena Zdovc  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  464 
80.  08023  PhD Olga Zorman Rojs  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  422 
81.  24349  PhD Diana Žele Vengušt  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2020 - 2024  166 
82.  50525  PhD Zoran Žlabravec  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2020 - 2022  41 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0406  University of Ljubljana, Veterinary Faculty  Ljubljana  1627139  10,694 
2.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  66,575 
3.  2413  Universita del Litorale, Facolta di Scienze della Salute  Izola  1810014005  9,134 
Abstract
Interdisciplinary work within the research program will be conducted through six projects linked to animal health, environment and food safety. Surveillance of the causative agents of animal infectious diseases will complement our past research. Next generation sequencing will be the core research method in this field, with the focus on the whole genome analysis. This state-of-the-art typing method with the ultimate discriminatory power will enable rapid detection, characterization and phylogenetic analysis of currently present and emerging pathogens. Metagenomics of animal clinical samples will be a step further towards improved understanding of the aetiology of certain diseases. Innovative sampling methods will be implemented, along with studying vector-borne diseases which are gaining importance due to climate change. Numerous microbes are responsible for food- and waterborne infections which can be easily transmitted and constitute a global health problem. Infection control is hampered by the presence of microbes in diverse animal species and the persistence in the environment. We will study the presence of certain pathogens from farm to fork, their genetic characteristics and biofilm forming capacity. The possibility of using alternative agents and methods to decrease the bacterial load in the environment, host and food will be investigated. We will also study microbiological, chemical and environmental risks represented by the use of insects as a promising source of proteins in animal and human nutrition. Pet animals may transmit diverse infectious diseases to other animals and humans. The prevalence of multidrug resistant bacteria and parasites in pets will be investigated. Our goal is also to study free-range animals and plants as bioindicators of environmental contamination caused by endocrine disrupting chemicals, rodenticides and toxic heavy metals which may present a risk for human health in the case of consumption. For sustainable food production and the preservation of biodiversity in the environment, pollinators are urgently needed. The knowledge of disease transmission routes between honeybees and wild pollinators is the key for preventing and containing the disease; thus, we will detect the presence of certain pathogens and study the transmission between the pollinators. We will also evaluate the impact of acaricides to microbiota, the resistance to acaricides and assess the presence of toxic substances in bee products. Care for animal welfare is a moral obligation contributing to a better life for the animals in the least possible stressful environment. Non-invasive methods to detect infectious and metabolic diseases will be studied, along with monitoring the indicators of the oxidative stress. The research will also involve studying various forms of conflict behavior in farm animals, equine welfare focused on Slovenian breeds, tumor diseases and the impact of grazing on the abundance of microbes in pasture soil and cattle feces. hh
Significance for science
Monitoring the animal infectious diseases and novel pathogens, studying the alimentary zoonoses, the importance of pet animals for health and environment, the impact of environmental pollution, the health of pollinators and the animal welfare includes the research program into the fundamental scientific orientation and development of the Veterinary Faculty. Also, this is complemented by scientific research of other organizations implementing the research program (Biotechnical Faculty, Faculty of Health Sciences). The research program group performs basic scientific research, which is extremely important for the development of science and represents the starting point for planning and implementation of applicative research. With the obtained results we contribute to the advancement of veterinary medicine in Slovenia and internationally and successfully transfer the basic theoretical knowledge into practice, i.e. into the optimization and development of diagnostic methods for faster control and eradication of animal diseases, ensuring food safety and health of consumers, and sustainable use of environmental resources. From our research laboratories new findings are transferred to other institutions within the European Union and globally, also through close connections between the national reference laboratories and EU reference laboratories, thus contributing to the recognition of Slovenian science. By using rapid and innovative sampling methods, we will obtain important data on the presence, properties and persistence of the most important pathogenic microbes in susceptible species of animals, including pet animals, and in the environment, with the emphasis on the use of non-invasive methods for ensuring animal welfare. The concern for the latter is obligation of all those involved in animals, including in the poultry and pig farms which are characterized by multiple health problems. The use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) with the emphasis whole-genome sequencing (WGS) as the most discriminatory typing method, enables us to perform state-of-the-art scientific research and thereby to be involved in the European/global scientific environment. With WGS-typing of selected pathogens in animals, foods and environment, we can participate in the process of establishing an international database of pathogens that is already underway and is necessary for rapid epidemiological action in the case of human infection outbreaks caused by zoonotic agents. The NGS method will also enable us to comprehensively study the genetic characteristics of individual pathogens and to identify microbial communities in different ecosystems, which represents the broadest scientific approach to studying the causes of the disease. Data on the resistance to antimicrobial drugs and desinfectants, which is growing without control and represents one of the biggest threats to the assurance of health in the future, are an important scientific contribution on a global scale. We are also involved in the research on honey bees and wild pollinators, which represents a major contribution to science globally as studies are planned on topics that are generally not yet well researched (ways of disease spreading, pathogenesis, influence of drugs and pesticides, transmission of toxic substances in honey-bee products, possibilities for improving the health condition and survival of pollinators). We also investigate the effects of the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A, heavy metals and rodenticides, and their impact on ecosystems, which is of great importance for ensuring the health of animals and humans and for the protection of the environment. The up-to-date of the research problem enables us to participate in domestic and international research projects and networking with the top-level research institutions. The result of the involvement of research program in the international cooperation are the high-profile joint publications, the organization of international scient
Significance for the country
One of the priorities of the research program is to intensely connect research institutions with the economy, as the obtained results will contribute to new adaptations and improvements in animal production and within the food processing industry, in Slovenia and abroad. It will enable better international recognition of the Slovenian economy and its contribution to the global concept of One Health. Improvements will lead to increased competitiveness and improvement in providing high quality and safe food, which will be available to Slovenian consumers and for export. Through care for animal welfare and based on the established links between persistence or characteristics of bacteria and breeding technology, we will find optimal solutions at the level of breeding in order to prevent animal diseases and by reducing the possibility of pathogen transfer to the human food chain. In addition, prevention of animal diseases is also beneficial in terms of reducing the consumption of antimicrobials for animal treatment, thereby preventing the development of resistant bacterial populations and the environmental burden with antimicrobials. Detection of pathogens in food and prevention of food spoilage has a significant sociological and economic impact, as well as an effect on public health care. The purpose of the latter is a decrease in the number of infections in humans and the ability to use alternative, environmentally friendly methods to lower numbers of bacteria in the environment, in animals, and in food. Furthermore, pathogen detection can prevent increased antimicrobial resistance to the most common disinfectants and therapeutics used for treatment in humans and animals. Knowledge of the prevalence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria is necessary for the determination of guidelines for rational use of antimicrobial substances in intensive farming systems. Studies on BPA, SGAR, and heavy metals will contribute to health improvement, improvement of animal and human welfare, and will lead to the protection of the environment and natural heritage (phytoremediation). Apart from scientific contributions, the project will also have a positive impact on apicultural and farming activity at the international level. Knowledge about the dynamics and pathogenesis of viral diseases as well as the potential negative effect of drugs on the health of domestic bees in combination with the determination of antimicrobial resistance will lower losses in bee farming. Preservation of various and multiple pollinators in the environment enables more successful pollination and therefore improvement in food production sustainability and land biodiversity. Preservation of bee farming and apiculture as a leisure, non-profit activity has a significant social and cultural impact, especially in the elderly population and for individuals with special needs. Apiculture played an important role in ancient Slovenian architecture (beehives), traditional art (painted bee hive frames), and in local cuisine (gingerbread). The strategy of the European Commission is to improve the welfare and living conditions of farm animals, companion animals, animals used for sports, therapeutic animals, experimental animals, wild animals, and animals in captivity. The concept of five basic animal welfare needs identifies topics on pain, injuries, and diseases as most important. Intensive farming systems can cause an eruption of several etopathies and technopathies that negatively affect animal health and welfare. Care for animal welfare is a moral obligation contributing to a better life for the animals in the least possible stressful environment. A long term positive effect is the economic improvement in animal breeding and sustainable farming. Sustainability and preservation of natural resources are crucial for further generations, and will ensure that Slovenian native breeds survive. Local animal breeds play a significant role in genomic diversity, and local farmers will be suppo
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