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Zootecnica e Produzioni Animali di Qualità

Department: Dipartimento di Agraria
Location and Contacts: c/o Dipartimento Agraria
Salita Melissari - Lotto D
89124 Reggio Calabria
Area (mq): 250
Rooms: 5
Director: Luigi Chies
Mail: Mail
Equipment: Gas-cromatografo 
Soxhlet automatico 
Kjeldahl automatico 
Analizzatore di C, N, H e S 
Spettrofotometro Minolta 
Bilancia analitica
Bilancia tecnica 
Attrezzatura base per il laboratorio, stufe, muffole, liofilizzatore, centrifughe 
Transilluminatore UV
Associate Professors: Luigi Chies (AGR/17)
Researchers: Matteo Bognanno (AGR/19)
Pasquale Caparra (AGR/18)
Venera Fasone (AGR/19)
Francesco Foti (AGR/18)
Manuel Scerra (AGR/18)
Research fellows: Laura Violi
Project-based collaborators: Caterina Cilione
Other staff: Piero Lamanna

Principal aims

The laboratory play an important role in studies carried out in a topic of animal production. Everybody know the importances that today have the quality of livestock production and consequently the quality of final products such as milk and meat. In this context, the laboratory of chemical analysis plays a key role for study of biodiversity, to understand the best nutritional strategies to apply for animals production, as well as to qualify the animal products that derived from it. To date, the scientific disciplinary sectors involved are mainly AGR17, AGR18 and AGR19.

Research activities

The main research activities that make essential the laboratory of livestock production are focused on the study of biodiversity in different animal species, on the study of the animal performance and animal products obtained from the use of possible new feedstuff, by-products or a mixtures to be used for livestock production.

In particular, the main analyzes activities in laboratory are:

  • Extraction of genetic material (DNA-RNA);
  • Amplification and digestion of genetic material;
  • Use of molecular markers (RFLP, PCR-RFLP, AFLP) for the study of biodiversity in animal species;
  • electrophoresis and visualization of results;
  • genetic characterization of loci or DNA sections responsible for the animal performance;
  • evaluation of the morphological and functional assessment, ethology, breeding of several species;
  • evaluation of the chemical composition of feedstuff, such as crude protein and protein fractions, ether extract, dry matter, ash and fiber fractions such as NDF, ADF and ADL;
  • study of the chemical composition of livestock products;
  • study of the fatty acid profile of products for human consumption by gas-chromatographic techniques, aimed at qualifying, from a healthy point of view, the livestock products derived from different nutritional strategies;
  • evaluation of the shelf-life of meat using spectrophotometric techniques, in order to study "life on the counter" for that product derived from animals raised with different nutritional strategies.

Smart Specialisation Strategy Calabria (S3 Calabria)

Agroalimentare - Scienze della vita.

Research fields

Responsible Keywords ERC Domain
Manuel Scerra Diet, chemical composition, additives, nutritional value LS9_3 - Agriculture related to animal husbandry, dairying, livestock raising
LS9_4 - Aquaculture, fisheries
Francesco Foti Volatile compounds, fatty acid composition, polyunsaturated fatty acid, sensory analysis LS9_3 - Agriculture related to animal husbandry, dairying, livestock raising
LS9_4 - Aquaculture, fisheries
Pasquale Caparra Meat quality, milk quality, feedstuff chemical composition, pasture marker LS9_3 - Agriculture related to animal husbandry, dairying, livestock raising
Luigi Chies Molecular marker LS9_1 - Genetic engineering, transgenic organisms, recombinant proteins, biosensors
Luigi Chies Protein fraction LS9_1 - Genetic engineering, transgenic organisms, recombinant proteins, biosensors
Francesco Foti OGM LS9_3 - Agriculture related to animal husbandry, dairying, livestock raising
LS9_5 - Agriculture related to crop production, soil biology and cultivation, applied plant biology

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