Animal Production & Health

Thematic Line

This Thematic Line addresses the challenges related to animal-derived products and animal as well as human health challenges in the context of societal pressure on food security and safety, environmental impacts, animal welfare, and climate change threats. It also aims to contribute to optimal animal management in the Mediterranean environment and the European Union's Farm to Fork strategy.

The identified main problems are:

1) increasing difficulties in producing animal feed due to its direct competition with human food, climate change, and other land use activities;

2) lack of knowledge about thresholds and impacts of climate changes and extreme weather events on the physiology of animals;

3) achieving sustained intensification of the production systems concomitantly with preserving biodiversity;

4) better protection of traditional animal products;

5) the importance of adopting a One Health perspective.

The resulting main research questions are how to:

1) manage the use of feeds according to the species/breed/physiological state;

2) incorporate alternative feed products to improve productivity and reduce the carbon footprint;

3) integrate precision livestock farming (PLF);

4) use Omics tools to increase animal adaptation, resilience, disease tolerance and productivity;

5) adjust husbandry and handling to increase productivity in intensive systems;

6) promote farm management and development of rural areas that preserve biodiversity and ensure soil conservation;

7) improve the quality and to protect the genuineness of animal products;

8) reduce the incidence of infectious and parasitic diseases in animals while reducing the use of antimicrobials;

9) enhance circular economy, minimize wasteful and environmentally damaging outputs from livestock systems and find alternatives.

Expected Results

1) development and validation of grazing strategies and use of PLF to improve the production and quality of the pastures and promote soil conservation, in addition to a better knowledge of animals' nutritional needs;

2) use of Omics tools and assisted reproduction techniques to improve local/ exotic breeds productive and reproductive performance and health;

3) improvement of products quality, traceability and safety using biotechnological tools to scale-up their attractiveness and their introduction in new markets.

Alfredo Manuel Franco Pereira

Coordinator

Alfredo Manuel Franco Pereira

49

INTEGRATED MEMBERS

22

PhD STUDENTS

15

Collaborators

Animal Production & Health Thematic Line Members

Amadeu António Gomes Borges de Freitas

Integrated

Amadeu António Gomes Borges de Freitas

Ana Carina Alves Pereira de Mira Geraldo

Integrated

Ana Carina Alves Pereira de Mira Geraldo

Ana Cristina Pinto Agulheiro Santos

Integrated

Ana Cristina Pinto Agulheiro Santos

Ana Isabel Usié Chimenos

Integrated

Ana Isabel Usié Chimenos

Anabela Dias Ferreira Belo

Integrated

Anabela Dias Ferreira Belo

António Paulo Pereira Mira

Integrated

António Paulo Pereira Mira

António Pedro de Avelar Gonçalves Santos

Integrated

António Pedro de Avelar Gonçalves Santos

Carlos Alberto Falcão Marques

Collaborator

Carlos Alberto Falcão Marques

Carlos Gutierrez Gutierrez

Integrated

Carlos Gutierrez Gutierrez

Cristina Maria dos Santos Conceição

Integrated

Cristina Maria dos Santos Conceição

Eliana Alexandra Sousa Jerónimo

Integrated

Eliana Alexandra Sousa Jerónimo

Elsa Cristina Carona de Sousa Lamy

Integrated

Elsa Cristina Carona de Sousa Lamy

Elsa Maria Leclerc Duarte

Integrated

Elsa Maria Leclerc Duarte

Elsa Rute Guerra Caeiro

Integrated

Elsa Rute Guerra Caeiro

Fátima de Jesus Folgôa Baptista

Integrated

Fátima de Jesus Folgôa Baptista

Fernando Manuel Salvado Capela e Silva

Integrated

Fernando Manuel Salvado Capela e Silva

Helder Carola Espiguinha Cortes

Integrated

Helder Carola Espiguinha Cortes

Igor Alexandre da Silva Dias

Collaborator

Igor Alexandre da Silva Dias

Isabel Maria Simão Alves Pereira Ferreira

Integrated

Isabel Maria Simão Alves Pereira Ferreira

João Manuel Pereira Ramalho Serrano

Integrated

João Manuel Pereira Ramalho Serrano

José Alberto Feijão Macedo Neves

Integrated

José Alberto Feijão Macedo Neves

José Manuel Mota Ruivo Martins

Integrated

José Manuel Mota Ruivo Martins

Luís Manuel Cardoso Vieira Alho

Integrated

Luís Manuel Cardoso Vieira Alho

Luís Miguel Lourenço Martins

Integrated

Luís Miguel Lourenço Martins

Manuel D

Collaborator

Manuel D'Orey Cancela D'Abreu

Maria Cristina Calhau Queiroga

Integrated

Maria Cristina Calhau Queiroga

Maria do Rosário Fernandes Félix

Integrated

Maria do Rosário Fernandes Félix

Maria Eduarda Marques Madeira Silva Potes

Integrated

Maria Eduarda Marques Madeira Silva Potes

Maria Elvira Lourido de Sales-Baptista

Integrated

Maria Elvira Lourido de Sales-Baptista

Maria Isabel Ferraz de Oliveira

Integrated

Maria Isabel Ferraz de Oliveira

Maria João Marinho Lança Silva Almeida

Integrated

Maria João Marinho Lança Silva Almeida

Maria Manuela Clemente Vilhena

Collaborator

Maria Manuela Clemente Vilhena

Maria Teresa Carvalho Oliveira de Sousa Alves

Collaborator

Maria Teresa Carvalho Oliveira de Sousa Alves

Marta Laranjo

Integrated

Marta Laranjo

Nuno Miguel Lourenço Alexandre

Integrated

Nuno Miguel Lourenço Alexandre

Olinda Guerreiro

Integrated

Olinda Guerreiro

Orlando da Silva Lopes

Collaborator

Orlando da Silva Lopes

Ricardo Jorge da Costa Trindade Palmeiro Romão

Integrated

Ricardo Jorge da Costa Trindade Palmeiro Romão

Rui Manuel Alves Ferreira

Integrated

Rui Manuel Alves Ferreira

Rui Miguel Carracha Charneca

Integrated

Rui Miguel Carracha Charneca

Sandra Maria da Silva Branco

Integrated

Sandra Maria da Silva Branco

Sara Maria Lopes dos Santos

Integrated

Sara Maria Lopes dos Santos

Susana Oliveira Serrano Monteiro

Integrated

Susana Oliveira Serrano Monteiro

Vasco Manuel Fitas da Cruz

Integrated

Vasco Manuel Fitas da Cruz

Ofélia Pereira Bento

Collaborator

Ofélia Pereira Bento

Maria da Graça Janeiro Machado

Student

Maria da Graça Janeiro Machado

José Pedro Pestana Fragoso de Almeida

Collaborator

José Pedro Pestana Fragoso de Almeida

Emanuel Ruben dos Santos Carreira

Student

Emanuel Ruben dos Santos Carreira

João Carlos Agostinho Alves

Collaborator

João Carlos Agostinho Alves

Pedro Miguel Cunha Caetano

Collaborator

Pedro Miguel Cunha Caetano

Tarcísio Guerra Guimarães

Collaborator

Tarcísio Guerra Guimarães

André Filipe Barreto Albuquerque

Integrated

André Filipe Barreto Albuquerque

Sara Isabel Ricardo Rodrigues

Student

Sara Isabel Ricardo Rodrigues

José Carlos Silva Rico

Student

José Carlos Silva Rico

Catarina Falcão Trigoso Vieira Branco Lavrador

Integrated

Catarina Falcão Trigoso Vieira Branco Lavrador

Flávio Daniel Gomes da Silva

Student

Flávio Daniel Gomes da Silva

Jordana Sena Lopes

Integrated

Jordana Sena Lopes

Madalena Cristina Salgado Pirata

Collaborator

Madalena Cristina Salgado Pirata

Maria do Carmo Mateus da Silva Feliciano

Student

Maria do Carmo Mateus da Silva Feliciano

Sara Margarida Prates da Conceição

Student

Sara Margarida Prates da Conceição

Isabel Maria Carneiro Ratão

Collaborator

Isabel Maria Carneiro Ratão

Diogo José de Rezende Coelho

Integrated

Diogo José de Rezende Coelho

Sara Mesquita de Sousa Ferreira Valverde

Student

Sara Mesquita de Sousa Ferreira Valverde

Maria Helena de Magalhães Guimarães

Student

Maria Helena de Magalhães Guimarães

Ana  Cabete

Student

Ana Cabete

Gonçalo Jorge Moreira Simões

Student

Gonçalo Jorge Moreira Simões

Clarisse Simões Coelho

Collaborator

Clarisse Simões Coelho

ROSANA SOLON TAJRA

Student

ROSANA SOLON TAJRA

Patrícia Coelho Lage

Student

Patrícia Coelho Lage

Inês Prata Pereira de Mira

Student

Inês Prata Pereira de Mira

Ana Sofia Arroube

Student

Ana Sofia Arroube

Filipa Isabel de Oliveira Afonso Lopes Branquinho

Student

Filipa Isabel de Oliveira Afonso Lopes Branquinho

Vânia de Jesus Gravito Resende

Student

Vânia de Jesus Gravito Resende

Nicolás Garrido de la Osa

Integrated

Nicolás Garrido de la Osa

Daniela Ferreira Matias

Student

Daniela Ferreira Matias

María Pérez Jiménez

Integrated

María Pérez Jiménez

Anísio Patrício Quintas

Student

Anísio Patrício Quintas

Fábio Miguel da Cruz Teixeira

Student

Fábio Miguel da Cruz Teixeira

Celio Alfredo

Student

Celio Alfredo

Maria Martins de Almeida Felício

Student

Maria Martins de Almeida Felício

Antónia Teresa Zorro Nobre Macedo

Integrated

Antónia Teresa Zorro Nobre Macedo

Liliana Gonçalves Fidalgo

Integrated

Liliana Gonçalves Fidalgo

Silvina dos Anjos Pimenta Marques Maia Ferro Palma

Collaborator

Silvina dos Anjos Pimenta Marques Maia Ferro Palma

Flávia Matias Oliveira da Silva

Integrated

Flávia Matias Oliveira da Silva

ANTONIETA MARIA ALVARADO MUÑOZ

Integrated

ANTONIETA MARIA ALVARADO MUÑOZ