22 November 2019
DON SCIENTISTS AND PROFESSOR OF AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WILL CREATE A REPLACING ANTIBIOTICS FEED ADDITIVE FOR ANIMALS
Scientists of Don State Technical University, Southern Federal University and Stavropol State Agrarian University will develop a veterinary feed additive that will replace antibiotics using in agriculture within the megagrant of the Government of the Russian Federation.
On November 21, 2019, Council for Grants announced winners of the seventh Contest for the government megagrant. Within three years (2019-2021), Don State Technical University will receive budget funding for 90 000 000 rubles for study of veterinary probiotic drugs aimed at modulating animal health - substances that enhance resistance to environmental influences by normalizing organism's immune responses.
– Production of own innovative biotechnological production is the most important task, –noted DSTU rector Besarion Meskhi. - Don State Technical University is also able to help in solution to these issues. A month ago, we created the faculty "Bioengineering and veterinary medicine", which will train specialists in bioengineering and medicine. Thanks to the megagrant, we will open a world-class laboratory of agrobiotechnology, which will bring together leading scientists and will create a new high-quality safe product for agricultural sector.
The research team will include Bachelor and Master students who study: veterinary medicine, biotechnology and mathematics; PhD students; DSTU and SFU scientists and experts in agricultural engineering from Stavropol SAU. The research will be led by a leading American scientist Michael Chikindas, Professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey).
– Worldwide demand for agricultural products that do not contain harmful substances is growing among consumers. Feed antibiotics can be dangerous for human health: they settle in tissues of animals, and then enter human body with animal products. Many countries of the world, including the European Union, are moving away from use of feed antibiotics, replacing them with feed additives aimed at maintaining bowel health and reducing level of its pathogens, –said Mikhail Chikindas. – Our aim is to conduct an interdisciplinary study that will combine fundamental knowledge, veterinary and medical practice and will create a new safe feed product. Here at DSTU good conditions are created for this purpose. The university employs professionals in the field of veterinary medicine, bioengineering, automatization, mathematics. To implement the project, the necessary equipment is purchased and scientists-biologists, veterinarians and agricultural engineers are involved.
Michael Leonidas Chikindas is a specialist in the field of fundamental and applied science. Research interests: probiotics and natural antimicrobial compounds. Professor at the Department of Food Science at Rutgers University and head of the Health Promoting Naturals laboratory. Extensively engaged in scientific work on the study of natural antimicrobial compounds and their controlled delivery. He is founder and chief editor of the journal "Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins", and also a member of editorship of the journals "Applied and Environmental Microbiology", "Beneficial Microbes", "Journal of Applied Microbiology", etc. Michael Chikindas delivers lectures on probiotics, food and general microbiology, evolutionary aspects of food and humans.