Vitamin and feed safety expert
Micronutrient precursors and metabolic support for lactation, uptake and metabolism of nutrients

The research activity of Dr. Luciano Pinotti, University of Milan, has focused on two main issues: supplementation of vitamin and vitamin-like substances in dairy ruminants and feed safety.

The first line of research has been developed in the field of micronutrient precursors and metabolic support for lactation, uptake and metabolism of nutrients by the mammary gland, and manipulation of milk components. In this contest Luciano Pinotti has been carrying out research on vitamin nutrition in dairy ruminants, particular on vitamin E supplementation in dairy cows. These studies showed that adequate vitamin E status is important for maintaining health and production in dairy cows. Arising from the work on micronutrient supply, Dr. Pinotti had conducted studies on the role of choline as vitamin-like compound in dairy ruminants. In adult ruminants, choline is extensively degraded in the rumen so that dietary choline contributes insignificantly to the choline body pool and methyl group metabolism is generally conservative (low rate of methyl catabolism and elevated rate of de novo synthesis of methyl groups via the tetrahydrofolate system). In light of this, the effects of rumen-protected choline on milk production, lipid metabolism and metabolic health, and also choline-vitamin E interactions in transition dairy ruminants (cows and goats) have been studied. Also concerned with the role of milk for delivering nutrients and bioactive compounds were also considered.

A further research area is feed safety. Dr Pinotti has been involved in research to assess the technologies used to control animal feed quality and safety, and to identify feed contamination. He has worked on meat and bone meal contamination of animal feeds, involving use of microscopic and DNA-based techniques to identify the source species of these materials.   


  • Pinotti L., V.M. Moretti, A. Baldi, F. Bellagamba, A. Campagnoli,  G. Savoini, V. Dell’Orto (2005). Feed authentication as an essential component of food safety and control. Outlook in Agriculture, 34: 243-248.
  • Pinotti L., F. Rosi. Leptin in bovine colostrum and milk. Horm. Met. Res., 2006 38: 89-93.
  • Baldi A, Pinotti L. Lipophilic microconstituents of milk. Adv Exp Med Biol., 2008, 606: 109-125.
  • Pinotti L., A. Campagnoli, F. D’Ambrosio, F. Susca, M. Innocenti, R. Rebucci, E. Fusi, F. Cheli, G. Savoini, V. Dell’Orto, A. Baldi. Rumen-Protected Choline and Vitamin E Supplementation in Periparturient Dairy Goats: Effects on Milk Production and Folate, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin E Status. Animal, 2008, 2: 1019-1027.

Where am I?
Luciano Pinotti, University of MilanAshild Krogdahl, NVHIan Givens, Reading UniversityChris Knight, University of CopenhagenVincent Baeten, CRA-WDolores Pérez Marín, University of CordobaStephen Woodgate, Beacon ResearchJoop Luten, NofimaHans Dieter Hess, AgroscopeBart Van Droogenbroeck, ILVOJerzy Juskiewicz, Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research Anna Haug, UMBMindaugas Malakauskas, LVAIonelia Taranu, INCDBNARodica Criste, INCDBNAAneliya Haritova, Trakia UniversityKris Sejrsen, Department of Animal Health, Welfare and NutritionRafael Codony, University of BarcelonaFrancesc Guardiola, University of BarcelonaKatri Ling, Institute of Animal Science and Veterinary MedicinePreben Bach Holm, University AarhusDavid Arney, Institute of Animal Science and Veterinary MedicineAna Garrido Varo, University of CordobaJaroslava Ovesna, Institute of Crop ResearchKevin Shingfield, MTT Agrifood ResearchNastasia Belc, Institute of Food BioresourcesRupert Bruckmaier, University of BernJohn Wallace, Rowett Research InstituteCornelia Metges and Harald Hammon, FBNJaap Keijer, WURAila Vanhatalo, University of HelsinkiJovanka Levic, Institute of Food TechnologyDavid Kenny, Institute for Food and HealthIsabelle Oswald, INRAMilan Marounek, Institute of Animal ScienceVeerle Fievez, Ghent UniversityMarcela Speranda, Faculty of Agriculture CroatiaKostas Mountzouris, Agricultural University of AthensIoannis Politis, Agricultural University of AthensMargrit Velik, Institute of Live Stock ResearchBegona de la Roza-Delgado, SERIDAJohn O`Doherty, Institute for Food and Health
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