Brief history

Jul 28, 2016

  • Established in 1970 as the Research Institute for Animal Nutrition, overtaking the activity from the Research Institute for Animal Husbandry, established in 1927
  • Reorganized in 1981 as the Institute of Biology and Animal Nutrition (IBNA), under the subordination of the Ministry of Agriculture and of the Romanian Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences

  • Reorganized in 2002, as public institution with extra-budgetary financing, under the subordination of the Romanian Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences
  • Reorganized in 2006 as National Research - Development Institute for Animal Biology and Nutrition

Here are some of the most important achievements of I.N.C.D.B.N.A. along the years:

  • Development and periodical revision, by studies of nutrition physiology, of a feeding system comparable to those used in the developed countries, comprising feeding norms for all the species and categories of farm animals; tables with the nutritive values for all feeding sources, including new cultivars, hybrids, varieties, technological treatments and diet optimisation procedures;
  • Performance of complex analyses, chemical-biological-nutritional, of the raw feed sources and of the finished products; development and dissemination of formulations of vitamin-mineral premixes, protein-vitamin-mineral concentrates and compound feeds for all the species and categories of farm animals, using in an optimal, nutritive, economic and ecologic manner all the traditional local resources and by-products from the agricultural and feed industries, non-competitive with human feeding;
  • Performance of immuno-genetic studies to evaluate the effects produced by feed contaminants (mycotoxins) on human and animal health;
  • Development of technologies for bulk forage preservation;
  • Development of natural growth promoters and of other natural feed additives (Biocons, Suinlact, Bovilact, Avilact, etc.);
  • Establishment of the scientific grounds for the development of feeding software for the main species and categories of farm animals, in collaboration with field units;
  • Development of standards for feed analysis;
  • Development and periodical updating of the methodology for feed analysis;
  • Development of methodologies to evaluate the productive potential of dairy cows;
  • National coordinator of animal genetic resources preservation, FAO focal point;
  • Methodologies for the establishment and maintenance of minimal sheep and pig populations for the gene pool;
  • Publishing of numerous books and articles (both scientific and for dissemination);
  • Publishing of two scientific, peer reviewed, journals: Archiva Zootechnica (in English) and Analele IBNA (in Romanian);
  • Annual organisation of the international Symposium of Animal Biology and Nutrition;
  • Periodical training courses for the people engaged in agricultural activities;
  • Advisory activity;
  • Major participation in the elaboration of the Animal Husbandry Law (2002) and of the Appendix to the Order of the Ministry of Agriculture, Feeding and Forestry, and of the Ministry of Health and Family, no. 249 / 358 / 2003 for the approval of the Norms regarding the parameters of quality and salubrity for the production, import, quality checking, commercialisation and use of simple and compound feeds, feed additives, premixes, energetic substances, minerals and special feeds, published in the Official Monitor nr. 326 bis / 28 May 203;
  • Coordination, before 1990, of the entire activity of scientific research in animal husbandry in all the R&D units in this field, methodological coordination of the 40 county laboratories for animal feeding; formulation of vitamin-mineral premixes and compound feeds for all the compound feed mills and animal farms in Romania; testing for the homologation and registration of feed additives.


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