The project Sustainable Animal Nutrition (SAN) continued activities regarding the investigation of alternative proteins and energy sources for animal diets, increasingly used as replacers for conventional feedstuffs. Following the principles of the circular way for upgrading food waste to valuable feed ingredients, we discussed the possibility of using coldpressed oilseed cakes as by-products of oil processing industry. As a result of this activity, paper entitled „Cold-pressed oilseed cakes as alternative and sustainable feed ingredients“ has been prepared and submitted to Journal Foods.
From March 28th to April 1st, 2022, a course with the topic „Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology“ was held and supported by the CEI (Central European initiative) through the project INNOKEP-FEED. This course, also supported by the project Sustainable Animal Nutrition, was an opportunity to introduce students of bachelor and master studies to contemporary feed production and the possibilities of using alternative protein sources in animal nutrition. The course was very successful both for Serbian and Italian students.
In July 2022 (13th -17th) Ph.D. Slađana Rakita, M.Sc. Strahinja Vidosavljević, and Ph.D. Olivera Đuragić visited the University of Milan, Department of Health, Animal Science and Food Safety to summarize activities during the past period and discuss future activities.
Researchers from the University of Milan (Ph.D. Alice Luciano, Ph.D. Mateo Ottoboni, and M.Sc. Sharon Mazzoleni) visited the Institute of Food Technology from October 24th to 28th 2022. During the visit, they analysed some samples of former food as an alternative feed
ingredient. Besides analyses in the FinsLab laboratory, we organized a visit to the Institute Biosense where they analysed samples by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Another study visit of researchers (Ph.D. Bojana Kokić, M.Sc Viktor Stojkov, and M.Sc Petar Ilić) from the Institute of Food Technology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia took place from November 22nd to 23rd, 2022. at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Milan, Italy. During this 2-day study visit, researchers from Serbia visited the premises and laboratories of the Faculty at two locations, Lodi and Milan. They also attended the laboratory exercises that were held for students that day and participated.
During three meetings, it was concluded that we should have more activities to cover different topics through different programs supported by national and EU funds (COST project, HORIZON Europe, MAECI, etc.) since some activities in the past were postponed or delayed during the COVID-19 situation. We discussed current and future joint research publications, potential cooperation on writing a new COST project proposal, as well as other possibilities for continuing this very high-quality cooperation that has been going on for fifteen years.
Researchers from Serbia received an invitation to participate in the 8th International Feed Conference 2023 that should be organized in October, 2023 in Milan.