Launch of a New Research Laboratory

New Laboratory Opens for Animal Nutrition and Forage Research at the Department of Animal Nutrition and Forage production

On 20 April 2020, the Department of Animal Nutrition and Forage officially opened a newly reconstructed laboratory that was once an experimental room for animals. The opening ceremony was attended by the dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, and colleagues of the Department of Animal Nutrition and Forage, who were excited to witness the launch of this advanced laboratory, which will undoubtedly be a game-changer in the field of animal nutrition research.

Equipped with advanced technology, the new laboratory at the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Forage features analytical, microbiological, and molecular biological sections. With basic laboratory equipment and a wide range of analysis capabilities, including HPLC, GC, and Plate reader analyses, the laboratory can quantitatively analyze important micronutrients in feed, mycotoxins, and biomarkers in blood and tissue. Additionally, the microbiology section enables the cultivation of both pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms, while the molecular biology laboratory is equipped with qPCR for quantitative and qualitative detection.

The laboratory’s primary purpose is for research and development in the field of animal nutrition and forage, providing researchers with state-of-the-art technology to carry out advanced studies in this field. Dr. Skalickova is the contact person for any research-related inquiries.

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Minister of Agriculture awards

Pavel Horky awarded by czech minister of agriculture
assoc. Prof. Pavel Horky

Pavel Horky was awarded by Minister of Agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture manages R&D for the entire agricultural sector, and invests significant funding into its support and development. Thanks to this funding, the results produced by some Czech research teams rank them among the best in their field both in Europe and worldwide. The Ministry of Agriculture’s competition for the best applied research is announced every year.

Among the winners in 2019 was assoc. Prof. Pavel Horky and received the minister’s award for his research.

His work was focused on the effect of newly synthezized zinc phosphate-based nanoparticles and thier antibacterial effect in vitro and in vivo on rodents. The study demonstrated high inhibitory effect of nanoparticles against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli in vitro. After the successful in vitro testing, the in vivo study with rats based on dietary supplementation with zinc NPs was conducted. The significantly higher Zn level in liver and kidney of all treated groups was found, nevertheless Zn NPs did not greatly influence antioxidant status of rats. However, the total aerobic and coliform bacterial population in rat feces significantly decreased.

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