Laboratory of Animal Health, food hygiene and quality, Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Production, School of Agriculture, University of Ioannina
Laboratory of Animal Science, Nutrition and Biotechnology, Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Production, School of Agriculture, University of Ioannina

The Department of Agriculture of the University of Ioannina was formerly a part of the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Food Technology and Nutrition of the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Epirus. On August 2018, all academic units of the TEI of Epirus were brought together as units of the University of Ioannina, creating the largest University of the North West Greece. The School of Agriculture offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Agricultural Sciences.

The Division of Animal Production of the Department of Agriculture embodies the basic scientific disciplines that are required for Animal Sciences with emphasis on the application of modern technologies in the fields of animal production, nutrition, genetic improvement, reproduction, husbandry, health and welfare of domestic, companion, exotic and laboratory animals, as well as in Food safety and public health.

The Department of Agriculture participates in the teaching in postgraduate studies, for example on the use of aromatic and pharmaceutical plants in plant and animal production and on aquaculture and fish pathology, in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry University of Ioannina and the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Thessaly.

A large number of publications in peered scientific journals reflects the expertise on indigenous sheep breeds, milk quality, innovative animal nutrition, antibiotic free animal production and animal production with low environmental foodprint.

The capability of Division of Animal Sciences is reflected on several significant research projects dealing with challenging animal production problems:

  • Environmentally friendly animal production, i.e. working on animal production models with lower environmental footprint (Green poultry project; Green pork project; Green feed project; Eco-Fish project; Interreg V Greece-Albania project);
  • In vitro and in vivo studies in specific cell lines and animal models in poultry and swine;
  • Improved animal feeding through the use of native natural aromatic compounds, phytobiotics and their essential oils, probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, organic acids and clays;
  • Examination of intestinal microbiota and animal health in relation to meat health and safety;
  • Creation of functional foods in relation with pork and poultry production;
  • Proteomic analysis of rare breeds of sheep and goats, milk and food products from indigenous breeds;
  • Production of biomaterials and tissue engineering from productive animals;
  • Methods to combat microbial resistance and improved animal production with less antibiotic use.

The advancement of the Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Production in the scientific field is enhanced by the collaboration with major companies in Greece, and well known Institutes and Universities worldwide, and has resulted in a large number of publications in International scientific journals and the procurement of research income which is invested on scientific and laboratory equipment.

Personnel  of the Laboratories have been involved as coordinators or members of the main research groups in 51 research projects and international scientific programs such as Archimedes I, II, ΙΙΙ scientific projects, in Operational Programmes “Competitiveness & Entrepreneurship” Cooperation 2009 Large scale projects, Goshomic, in INTERREG Greece- Italy II, III and Greece- Albania projects, in FP6, in “Competitiveness & Entrepreneurship” Cooperation 2011, Greece-China 2012-2014, 2018-2022, in Horizon 2020, Marie Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Training Networks, in EuroNanoMed III 2018-2021, in RIS of Epirus 2018-2021, in “FoodOmicsGR. A consortium for comprehensive molecular characterization of food products (FoodOmicsGR)”, in the thematic priority Agrofood, Research and Innovation Infrastructure, 2nd call, EPANEK, 2014-2020, General Secretariat for Research and Technology, in Word Health Organization programs and projects funded by large scale pharmaceutical companies as TAD Gmbh., Alltec inc, Fort-Dodge Animal Health, Mallinckrodt Veterinary, Elanco Animal Health, Geohellas S.A., Aceso Biomedicals USA, Lallemand France, DSM., Switcherland, Auyrvet India, Meriden China. In the short time form its establishment the members of the academic staff have been published 128 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, 7 books and book chapters and 238 presentations in international conferences (with full paper or abstracts in the proceedings, and also refereed four scientific journals with more than 2000 citations. The Department has developed scientific cooperation with 21 Universities and Research Centers, and 52 agro-nutrition companies from 14 countries of Europe, China, India, USA, Canada, and Russia

The academic staff of the Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Production include:

  • Athina Tzora, Professor, Ph.D in veterinary parasitology-microbiology, food hygiene, D.V.M. in veterinary medicine.
  • Cosmas Nathanailides, Professor, Ph.D Fish ecophysiology and aquacultures.
  • Ioannis Skoufos, Professor, Ph.D in physiology and animal health, M.Sc in animal health, D.V.M. in veterinary medicine.
  • Anastasios Tsinas, Professor, Ph.D in Animal Medicine and Pharmacology, D.V.M. in veterinary medicine.
  • Eleftherios Bonos, Associate Professor, Ph.D in Animal Nutrition, D.V.M. in veterinary medicine.
  • Lambros Chatzizisis, Lecturer B.Sc in animal science.

Other scientific personnel of the Department include:

  • Konstantina Fotou, B.Sc in animal science and Ph.D in animal microbiology.
  • Euaggelia Gouva, B.Sc in aquacultures.
  • Georgios Magklaras, B.Sc in swine production and reproduction.
  • Charalambos Koutsoukis, B.Sc., in animal science, Ph.D. in grassland systems technology

The Laboratory is equipped with highly and state of the art automated diagnostic systems such as Real Time PCR; Environmental Sampling Instruments; Electrophoresis Apparatus; Automated Systems for the Isolation, Enumeration, Identification and Characterization of Microorganisms; Milk Chemical Analyser Milkoscan; Blood Analyzer; Biochemical Analyzer; ELISA Reader; Mini Api.; Riboprinter; Foodscan; Tempo; Vitec 2 compact; AutoBax; Immunoflurescence apparatus; Maldi Tof/MS; Flow Cytometry; Cell culture facilities.