- Animal Research Institute
National Agricultural Research Foundation, Animal Research Institute, 58100 Giannitsa, Greece.
The Animal Research Institute (ARI) was founded in 1952 as a unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and under the name ‘Animal Research Station’. In 1961 it became ‘Institute of Animal Breeding and Nutrition’ and in 1977 it took its present name. ARI has been part of the National Agricultural Research Foundation (N.AG.RE.F.) since 1990 and it is located in a big farm of 3.5 square kilometres in Paralimni-
Giannitsa, Northern Greece.
The ARI is an institute oriented toward research on general and special zootechnics and includes a specialized scientific staff of significant research capacity. The ARI promotes research and technological activities aiming at an integrated approach to deal with rural problems within the framework of national agricultural policy and the agricultural policy of the
European Union(EU). The ARI supports and coordinates initiatives for development suggested by the Ministry of Rural Development and Food[ [http://www.minagric.gr Ministry of Rural Development and Food] ] , Greek Universities and Institutions, the agricultural cooperatives, product distributors, producers’ groups etc. New scientific knowledge and technical innovations are directed towards creating a dynamic and competitive agriculture which is protective of the environment and capable of providing excellent and inexpensive nutrition for the people. The ARI strives for constant improvement in competitiveness of Hellenic agricultural products in the international market. The ARI has a very important role in the dissemination of knowledge and training of new farmers and it is used from the past as a platform between research, farmers and the industry.
ARI’s activities cover cross-sectionally scientific disciplines related to the animal production with ARI being responsible for their development. ARI is engaged in the research on animal production, especially in the spheres of Animal nutrition and physiology, Feeding techniques, Nutrition and growth, Technological systems of farm animal husbandry, Genetics and breeding of farm animals, Physiology of reproduction (in collaboration with the
Veterinary Research Institute of Thessaloniki[ [http://www.vri.gr Veterinary Research Institute of Thessaloniki] ] ), Ethology of farm animals, Improvement in the quality of animal products with respect to food safety and quality in human nutrition.
The ARI has established extensive collaboration with a number of research institutes and universities at both national and international levels. Through this network joint, research projects have been undertaken. The ARI is in constant and close cooperation with European Union, participating in EU research programs and Twinning programs (PHARE-Institution Building). International cooperation on individual projects, as well as exchange study trips of scientists to research institutions abroad, is also an important part of ARI’s activities.
International acknowledgement.A wide spectrum of scientific inter-disciplinary activities enables ARI to solve complex research problems. The advancement of individual scientific fields and currently conducted research projects are aimed at the needs of the Greek agriculture and respect global trends in individual disciplines. With the development of various scientific disciplines and implementation of research results, the ARI has achieved international acknowledgement.
Farm, facilities and animals
Purpose–oriented farming serves as a base for experimental activities. The ARI’s area is 3.5 square kilometres of agricultural land, out of it 3.2 km² of arable land with cropping plan focused on preferential provisions of experiments and 0.3 km² with facilities for experiments with cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. Today in ARI there are farmed cattle and sheep. The average number of animals is as follow: cattle in total 200, out of it 70 dairy cows, 1000 sheep in total, out of it 550 sheep of Chios breed and 450 sheep of Florina (Pelagonia) breed.
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* [http://www.vri.gr Veterinary Research Institute of Thessaloniki]
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