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Projects / Programmes source: ARRS

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 
Keywords
veterinary medicine; animal diseases; environment; ecotoxicology; food safety
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (74)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  28448  PhD Jana Avberšek  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  107 
2.  21401  PhD Zlatka Bajc  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  80 
3.  33139  PhD Petra Bandelj  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  50 
4.  35374  PhD Katja Bezek  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  77 
5.  15199  PhD Majda Biasizzo  Veterinarian medicine  Technician  2015 - 2019  123 
6.  00357  PhD Franci Aco Celar  Plant production  Researcher  2015 - 2019  324 
7.  08602  PhD Vesna Cerkvenik Flajs  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  169 
8.  53582  Marko Cvetko  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2019 
9.  31553  Danijela Černe    Technician  2015 - 2019  120 
10.  04576  PhD Martin Dobeic  Animal production  Researcher  2015 - 2019  253 
11.  12003  PhD Jožica Dolenc  Veterinarian medicine  Technician  2015 - 2019  87 
12.  11184  PhD Alenka Dovč  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  452 
13.  30378  PhD Majda Golob  Veterinarian medicine  Technician  2017 - 2019  173 
14.  17569  PhD Mitja Gombač  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  195 
15.  31862  PhD Marjana Grandič  Animal production  Researcher  2015 - 2019  36 
16.  26569  PhD Aleksandra Grilc Fajfar  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  35 
17.  06570  PhD Jože Grom  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  316 
18.  14880  PhD Igor Gruntar  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  107 
19.  51854  Jaka Jakob Hodnik  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2018 - 2019  54 
20.  08321  PhD Peter Hostnik  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  400 
21.  18592  PhD Breda Jakovac Strajn  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  203 
22.  25841  PhD Urška Jamnikar Ciglenečki  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  113 
23.  04272  PhD Vlasta Jenčič  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  431 
24.  21704  PhD Jožica Ježek  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  295 
25.  04630  PhD Polona Juntes  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  424 
26.  39657  Maja Kavalič    Technician  2017 - 2019 
27.  18888  PhD Andrej Kirbiš  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  210 
28.  04274  PhD Martina Klinkon-Ogrinec  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  369 
29.  38142  PhD Tanja Knific  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  61 
30.  06537  PhD Dragomir Kompan  Animal production  Researcher  2015 - 2016  740 
31.  51853  Jasmina Koračin  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2018 
32.  11222  PhD Boris Kovač  Biotechnology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  179 
33.  34331  PhD Luka Kranjc  Biotechnology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2016  30 
34.  23320  PhD Uroš Krapež  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  164 
35.  11132  PhD Branko Krt  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  225 
36.  28450  PhD Urška Kuhar  Veterinarian medicine  Technician  2015 - 2019  99 
37.  24296  PhD Darja Kušar  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  177 
38.  16346  PhD Tadej Malovrh  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  319 
39.  22714  Boštjan Medved    Technician  2015 - 2019 
40.  11879  PhD Jasna Mičunovič  Veterinarian medicine  Technician  2015 - 2019  84 
41.  11133  PhD Matjaž Ocepek  Veterinarian medicine  Principal Researcher  2015 - 2019  460 
42.  38144  PhD Bojan Papić  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  82 
43.  24612  PhD Mateja Pate  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  273 
44.  24778  PhD Katarina Pavšič Vrtač  Animal production  Researcher  2019  57 
45.  11079  PhD Andrej Pengov  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  174 
46.  16213  PhD Štefan Pintarič  Animal production  Researcher  2019  254 
47.  38981  Jan Plut  Veterinarian medicine  Technician  2016 - 2019  45 
48.  01644  PhD Milan Pogačnik  Veterinarian medicine    2015 - 2019  624 
49.  17556  PhD Janez Posedi  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2016  66 
50.  17027  PhD Klemen Potočnik  Animal production  Researcher  2016 - 2019  532 
51.  24115  PhD Joško Račnik  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  337 
52.  04001  PhD Peter Raspor  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2015  1,876 
53.  22446  PhD Brigita Slavec  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  184 
54.  23944  PhD Jože Starič  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  446 
55.  50526  PhD Laura Šimenc  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2017 - 2019  29 
56.  08110  PhD Ksenija Šinigoj Gačnik  Veterinarian medicine    2015 - 2019  189 
57.  24901  Andrej Škibin  Veterinarian medicine  Technician  2015 - 2019  26 
58.  19156  PhD Marina Štukelj  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  191 
59.  39088  PhD Sabina Šturm  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2016 - 2019  26 
60.  18884  PhD Tanja Švara  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  211 
61.  07811  PhD Gabrijela Tavčar Kalcher  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  148 
62.  36377  PhD Miha Tome  Biotechnology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2016  26 
63.  20040  PhD Ivan Toplak  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  507 
64.  12645  PhD Stanka Vadnjal  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  172 
65.  16214  PhD Gorazd Vengušt  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  236 
66.  11489  PhD Aleksandra Vergles Rataj  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  153 
67.  19720  PhD Matej Vidrih  Plant production  Researcher  2015 - 2019  483 
68.  29352  PhD Marko Zadravec  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  181 
69.  33447  Urška Zajc  Veterinarian medicine  Technician  2015 - 2019  72 
70.  12682  PhD Irena Zdovc  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  452 
71.  08023  PhD Olga Zorman Rojs  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  404 
72.  26541  PhD Jure Zupan  Biotechnology  Researcher  2015  87 
73.  24349  PhD Diana Žele Vengušt  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2015 - 2019  156 
74.  50525  PhD Zoran Žlabravec  Veterinarian medicine  Junior researcher  2017 - 2019  33 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0406  University of Ljubljana, Veterinary Faculty  Ljubljana  1627139  9,698 
2.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  64,093 
3.  2413  Universita del Litorale, Facolta di Scienze della Salute  Izola  1810014005  8,921 
Abstract
Human health and environmental protection are among the priorities in the EU. To achieve these goals, the concern for food safety and animal health is crucial. Modern animal breeding, changing eating habits and food industry, climate change, globalisation and market requirements and dimnishing economic conditions in most parts of Europe can negatively affect the provision of these goods. It is increasingly difficult to control endemic diseases and new diseases, previously unknown in Europe, are recognized. Sections within program Animal health, Food safety and Environment are closely linked and follow the same concept ''Animals and Humans = One health". Within Animal Health we will study diseases of domestic and wild animals to gain better understanding of pathogens affecting society and to contribute to reducing the economic loss and prevent pathogen transmission from animals to humans. The pathogens develop new ways of transmissions and survival strategies, as a result of continuous adaptation to the host or the environment and development of new diagnostic methods is crucial for successful control. Another aim is to introduce new approaches and to expand applicability of already implemented molecular epidemiological methods for identifying new and dangerous pathogens. We will study the pathogenesis to ensure human and animal health and animal welfare, rational use of veterinary drugs and reduce economic loss. Studies within Animal health will supplement the studies within Food safety and Environment with the investigations of various contaminants in the environment and toxins in food, feed and animal tissues. To ensure food and feed safety, the main objective will be to reduce the contaminant levels, veterinary drug residues and microorganisms that contaminate food/feed within production stages and may affect human and animal health. We will study the mechanisms of mycotoxins action in order to improve the understanding of their role in food chain and to evaluate a potential use for medical and pharmaceutical purposes. Recently, there has been an increase of reported human viral diseases. Therefore, we will try to identify links between food as a possible source of infection for humans and the role of livestock and pet animals as a primary source of pathogens for humans. Within Environment we will study the environmental impacts on animal health, well-being and productivity. In biological matrices, we will assess the burden of various toxins and their metabolites, drugs and other contaminants. We will conduct a pharmacokinetic study of anti-parasitic drugs, to evaluate their elimination from the organism, to determine the concentration in the environment and to assess the risk for the environment. We will identify environmental and other risk factors for development of malignancies. To contribute to sustainable rural development we will study grazing conditions and the genetic structure characterisations of indigenous breeds, which are the result of genotype-environment interactions.
Significance for science
Research in comparative genomics of some bacterial pathogens (MRSA and C. difficile) from humans and animals will be an original and globally important contribution to science. Such extensive epidemiological studies on pathogen transmission between animal species and humans will be one of the first studies of its kind not only in our country, but also in a wider area. Results may lead to major changes in the understanding of the microbe relationship to animal infection and to guidelines changes for the protection of human health. With the development of new methods for the detection of pathogens and optimization and validation of some existing methods we will significantly contribute to the standardization and improvement of diagnostic procedures, which are important for improving detection and comparability of the results on international level. Slovenia will be, upon successful completion of the program, among the first countries that will have a complete overview of the incidence and characteristics of some strains of pathogens from livestock animals and humans. These strain characteristics will be important for the creation of international databases, which will help shape strategies and outbreak researches of zoonotic infections in humans. Our work on this project will also contribute to the international exchange of knowledge and to the promotion of Slovenian science. We will development new and optimize existing analytical methods for determination of microorganisms, harmful substances and veterinary drugs residues in feed, animals, food of animal origin and environment. Data on the occurrence of microorganisms and other harmful substances in Slovenia from the mentioned samples, as well as their impact on animal health, will greatly influence understandings of the current situation and the planning of future research. Some of these substances will be used for physiological, pharmacological and toxicological in vitro experiments on isolated samples from laboratory animals and the results will help understand their mechanisms of action, their effects and role in animal health. In the environmental section we will study the effects of environmental factors on the formation and development of diseases, especially tumors, in different and also endangered animal species and with that; we will contribute new findings on knowledge of the etiology of the disease processes. By making risk assessments we will highlight factors that pose a risk for the emergence and development of the disease, and propose best solutions to prevent them. The knowledge of human, animal and environmental exposure to environmental pollutants (bisphenol A) and their toxicity will contribute scientifically to the understanding and assessment of health risk, which has been a long time goal for European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in the framework of the Scientific Council of the Agency for materials in contact with food, enzymes, flavourings and processing aids (CEF). Research on the mechanisms and effects of the degradation of harmful substances in the biological chain will contribute to optimal and safe disposal of these substances in the environment. We expect that food decontamination system with atmospheric cold plasma will be faster and more efficient than other comparable systems in the world. Planned research on biocidal efficacy of bioactive coating (titanium submicron coatings) based on previous results in the food industry showed a maintain efficacy against microorganisms on different surfaces (Stainless steel, PE, PVC). By genotype studies of indigenous breeds, which are specifically adapted to their environment, we will introduce new scientific approaches, mostly genomics. We will explain their genetic structure and genetic characterization, which are the result of the interaction between genotype and the environment.
Significance for the country
The assurance of animal health, food safety and unpolluted environment is essential for public health and thus for the prevention of economic losses caused by human and animal diseases. Under existing conditions with the treasury already being heavily loaded, all activities aiming for more efficient prevention and early diagnostics are all the more important. Timely detection of the identity and characteristics of agents causing zoonoses and other diseases of animals, mainly the economically important, emerging and vector-borne, is thus of great importance for the efficient prevention of their incidence and spreading. In a wider European context, the management of certain infectious diseases is a common goal without which the free exchange of goods could not be imagined. Knowing the identity and characteristics of disease agents enables planning and implementation of effective epizootiological measures for disease control, which is reflected in smaller animal losses and lower risk for human infections. The emergence of extra resistant strains of some bacterial species in animals is particularly important for the protection of human health. Discovering the prevalence of infections caused by these pathogens among the farmed animals would enable determination of the risk level for humans which commonly come into close contact with animals, e.g. breeders, animal caretakers and veterinarians, in addition also for consumers. Data on the resistance of pathogens to antimicrobial agents would be particularly important for the establishment of databases supporting formulation of the uniform strategies for monitoring and prevention of growing resistance against antimicrobials. Also, data would serve to produce guidelines for the rational use of antimicrobials in intensive breeding. A reduced use of antimicrobials would contribute to safer food for humans. In addition, a continuous control and monitoring of pollutants, microorganisms and veterinary drug residues in forages and foodstuffs is also important for the assurance of safe food. Decreasing infections in animals affects the food-production economy and increases the international competitive position of Slovenian livestock production which has been under great pressure. One of the priorities is also to intensify the connection between research institutions and industry to enable economic growth and recovery from recession. Transfer of results from the research, which would be carefully planned in collaboration with users from the industry and with the clear aim of solving the current urgent problems, would help increasing the quality and visibility of the Slovenian economy. With the implementation of research results from the field of agriculture, a downward trend of livestock animals could be halted, impacting the development of rural areas and the protection of natural and cultural heritage in the long run. Burden on the environment and possible impact on the human and animal health can indirectly be monitored by biomonitoring. Some of the indicators of environmental and other factors involved in the formation of different types of tumors are neoplasmas, representing an important research tool for assessing the environmental burden. Determination of risk factors for the development of certain types of neoplasmas brings positive economic effects due to lower financial expenses for medical treatment.  Ecotoxicological studies are an integral part of documentation for the registration of new drugs and the basis for understanding the harmful effects of toxic substances on living organisms. They would contribute to increasing the safety of medication use and biocides, which are mainly used in mass treatment of a large number of animals in one place, and to knowledge on the effects of certain toxic substances that are commonly encountered. Research would also allow the identification, proper evaluation and prevention of contamination of feed, animals and foodstuffs of ani
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, interim report, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, interim report, final report
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