The National Institute for Research Development for Biology and Animal Nutrition (INCDBNA) is the most important institute in the Romanian scientific animal science research, by its traditional activity, impact on Romanian agriculture and constant concern for developing animal production from all points of view (economical, ecological, etc.). The scientific employees are about 43 scientists, 12 technicians and 14 technician assistants.
The institute has research laboratories and facilities to support production and scientific activities. The research activity is financed from national (Biotech, Relansin, Agral, Corint, etc) and international (European FP6, FP7, bilateral, WPO) projects and other contracts (Romanian and foreign companies, developmental sector of INCDBNA).
- Research departments: Nutrition physiology and food biochemistry; Animal nutrition; Animal biology; Biotechnology
- Technical and production departments: Section for the production of vitamin-mineral mixtures and compound feeds including a laboratory for quality checking, etc; experimental mixed farm of animal nutrition (all main species). The entire animal stock is used in scientifical investigations, while the resulting products (meat, milk, eggs) are marketed.
The plan of scientific research of the institute unfolds within national and international research programs, research contracts with industry, etc, covering large number of scientific research areas, of which relevant for the project are:
- Evaluation of the nutritional and anti-nutritional factors bearing influence on the immune response in farm animals
- New techniques used in animal physiology and nutrition investigations
- Improved utilization of the local feed sources insufficiently known by users in poultry and pig feeding: new hybrids and varieties, by-products from the new branches of food industry
- Absorption and metabolization of vitamins and minerals from natural sources, efficient and non-polluting for ecological animal production
- Development of analytical methods for the nutrients analyses in biological samples of interest for nutritional research and animal producers;
The institute has large laboratories well equipped (spectrometers, Tecator-protein analyser, microbiological cabinets, deep freezers, HPLC, microscopes, GLC, CO2-incubater, etc) where it is possible to perform all relevant analysis necessary for the studies mentioned above. Important output of the institute is the formulation of new diets and the optimisation of the feed composition for the different farm animal species.