Our research is focused on:
- The systematic investigation of nutritional physiology of farm animals, such as ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats), monogastric herbivores (ungulates, rabbits), monogastric omnivores (pigs, poultry) and others, in combination with the development of Biotechnology andMolecular Biology.
- The study of the properties, chemistry and technology of various feedstuffs
- The detailed study of the effects of nutrients on metabolism and various physiological functions of the animal body, so as to protect animal health and optimize their performance.
- Improving product quality through supplementing diets with bioactive compounds (omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid-CLA, antioxidants, etc.) that promote human health.
- Reducing the environmental pollution caused by animal farming (organic farming, grassland management, reduced methane emissions and excretion of minerals, such as N, P, etc.).
- The study of the interactions between genes and nutrients.
- Promotion, dissemination and application of scientific knowledge to optimize the effectiveness of nutrition in practice (through counselling and education of people, involved directly or indirectly to animal nutrition).
To achieve the above, the Department attends closely the ongoing international developments in science and technology on Animal Nutrition with:
- Participation in National and International Conferences, Workshops and Seminars.
- Bilateral research partnerships with national and international universities and research institutions.
- Participation in the European research project LACOPE (Landscape Development, Biodiversity and Co-operative Livestock System) code EVK2-CT 2002-00150.
- Participation in the European research project developing a new product competitive inhibition of pathogenic for poultry CRAFT: CEX QLK5-2002-71662 (Ian.2002-Dec 2004)
- Participation in the European Coordination Programme (2005-2006) entitled: "BIOAGRO" an EU funded e-Content project on a single access point for information and services related to Organic Agriculture. (Contract number: EDC 11293 BIOAGRO).
- Coordination of project entitled: "Beneficial effects of milk peptides in the development of tolerance and intestinal absorption of iron". The program is funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), 2004-2005.
- Coordination of project entitled: "The study of the effect of the extra hydrostatic pressure on the interaction of milk proteins and immune system". The program is funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT).
- Participation in the European project entitled "Development and production of competitive products for poultry that will satisfy the regulatory requirements of the European Union (CRAFT-QLKS-CT-2002-71662) 2004-2006.
- Participation in the European project entitled: "AGRIGRID: Methodological grids for payment calculations in rural development measures in the EU". EU Specific Targeted Research Project in 6th Framework Programme. (EU project code SSPE-CT-2006-044403) 2007-2008.
- Participation in the European project entitled "Investigation of the optimal concentration to use a probiotic and a plant product in broiler chickens feeding and determination of their effects on parameters of intestinal ecology and physiology, 24 months (2007-2009). Funded by the BRAIN network, Austria.
- Conducting research projects funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Prefectural and Municipal Governments and private entities.
In order to ensure the quality of the research, the Departmentconstantly updates all kinds of teaching and research material and equipment (books, journals, magazines, computers, software, analytical techniques, analytical devices, scientific instruments, etc.).
Finally, the Department is working closely with public and private institutions (Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Research Institutions, prefectural and local administration, industries, businesses, corporations, private producers, etc.), so as to address and solve various theoretical and practical problems, thus maintaining an essentially creativeand fruitful relationship between University and productive society.