Evaluation of the nutritional and anti-nutritional factors
Absorption and metabolization of vitamins and minerals

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).

Main Departments:

  • 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.

Scientific activity
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.

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University of Milan, ItalyNofima, NorwayNorwegian School of Veterinary Science, NorwayNorwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), NorwayInstitute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), BelgiumWalloon Agricultural Research Centre, BelgiumFaculty of Bioscience Engineering, BelgiumUniversity of Reading, United KingdomBeacon Research, United KingdomRowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, United KingdomInstitute of Food and Health (UCD), IrelandHuman and animal physiology, Animal Sciences Wageningen University, The NetherlandsVeterinary Physiology, University of Bern, SwitzerlandAgroscope Liebefeld-Posieux, SwitzerlandTrakia University, BulgariaInstitute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, PolandDepartment of Genetics and Biotechnology, Aarhus University, DenmarkDepartment of Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition, Aarhus University, DenmarkLithuanian Veterinary Academy, LithuaniaINCDBNA, RomanieUniversity of Cordoba, SpainUniversity of Barcelona, SpainInstitute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, EstoniaInstitute of Bioresources (IBA), RomaniaInstitute of Crop Research, Czech RepublicUniversity of Copenhagen, DenmarkMTT Agrifood Research, FinlandResearch Institute for the Biology of Farm Animals (FBN), GermanyUniversity of Helsinki, FinlandInstitute of Food Technology, SerbiaINRA, FranceInstitute of Animal Science, Czech RepublicFaculty of Agriculture, CroatiaAgricultural University of Athens, GreeceAgricultural Research and Education Centre, AustriaSERIDA, Spain
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INCDBNA Partner March 2009
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