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Laboratory of Environmental Physiology and product quality

The laboratory was established in 2000 on the basis of the Farm animals biochemistry laboratory and was called Laboratory of environmental physiology and biochemistry. Since 2007 it has become a Laboratory of environmental physiology and product quality. From the foundation date until 2015 the laboratory was headed by a doctor of veterinary sciences, Professor, Corresponding Member of NAAS R. Fedoruk. Since 2015 the laboratory is headed by a doctor of veterinary sciences, senior scientific worker I. Kovalchuk.

The laboratory staff

Kovalchuk Iryna - head of the laboratory, doctor of veterinary sciences
Rostyslav Fedoruk - Chief Scientist, doctor of veterinary sciences
Mykhaylo Khomyn -leading scientific worker, candidate of veterinary sciences
Svitlana Kropyvka - senior scientific worker, candidate of agricultural sciences
Olga Dolaychuk - scientific worker, candidate of veterinary sciences
Mariya Tsap - scientific worker, candidate of agricultural sciences
Olena Koleschuk - junior scientific worker, candidate of agricultural sciences
Lyubomyr Romaniv - junior scientific worker
Paschenko A. - postgraduate
Maryana Hrabko - postgraduate
Ivanna Dvylyuk - postgraduate
Igor Kykish - postgraduate

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Laboratory’s Activity

Subject of the laboratory:

  • studying main features of forming the resistance, adaptation, the reproductive and productive capacity of the organism of farm animals in different agroecological conditions;
  • environmental and biochemical evaluation of raw materials and animal products, taking into account traditional and organic farming conditions;
  • developing methods and ways of improving the viability of farm animals;
  • the theoretic basis of systematic assessment of the biologic value and quality of the apiculture organic production in Ukraine;
  • monitoring of heavy metals in the feeds-animal-raw materials system in agro-landscape areas with intensive industrial load;
  • research of the nano materials derived on the basis of biotic microelements using Kosinov-Kaplunenko method;
  • Studying the physiological reactivity of animals’ organism depending on agroecological conditions;
    finding out physiological and biochemical mechanisms of adaptation of farm animals to the agroecological factors influence;
  • theoretical substantiation and development of new dietary supplements that improve resistance and adaptation ability of farm animals’ organism;
  • researching physiological mechanisms of dietary supplements influence on the organism of farm animals in different ecological conditions;
  • environmental and biochemical assessment of raw materials and livestock products using certified analytical and testing research methods;
  • conducting physiological and biochemical researches of biological material using certified methods in this field of accreditation;
  • improvement of existing and developing new methods and techniques of physiological, biochemical and environmental researches, their adaptation and harmonization according to modern requirements of science and production;
  • scientific support of keeping cattle, rabbits, apiculture and fish farming at the conditions of traditional and organic farming;
  • substantiation and implementation of methods of improving the efficiency of apiculture in breeding and commercial apiaries and obtaining ecological production;
  • determination of biological value and quality of products including organic by the content of basic biogenic elements, classes of lipids;
  • toxicological studies the on laboratory animals.
The researches are conducted on productive and laboratory animals using modern physiological and biochemical, ecologic, clinical and biologic methods.
Blood: determination of resistance indices, lipid peroxidation intensity and organism’s antioxidant status, its detoxification function by the fractions of phenols of vitamin and mineral metabolism.
Milk: content of water, fat, dry defatted milk residue, protein, lactose, density, freezing temperature, pH, conductivity, the number of somatic cells, mineral composition;
Tissues of the organs and organism: dry substance, moisture, lipids and their classes, mineral elements;
Apiculture production (honey, ambrosia, cells): mass part of water, diastase number, 

mass fraction of saccharose, content of proline, hydroxymethylfurfural, acidity, mineral and lipid composition.

Logistical support of the scientific researches and laboratory equipment base is sufficient for performing them on modern scientific-methodological level using the following instruments: spectrophotometer "SF-46", photoelectric colorimeter "KFK-2MP," Milk analyzer "AMV -1-02"; for controlling the number of
 somatic cells in milk (detailed), "EKOMILK TOTAL", which is certified according to the ISO requirements for determining of seven physical-chemical milk parameters of different species of farm animals (detailed), different types of centrifuges, microscope "Biolam P-16 (OU -35) ", thermostat, drying cabinet, analytical and technical scales, freezer, refrigerator, muffle furnace for dry mineralization of the biological material, modern computers. The laboratory is accredited to conduct physiological and biochemical researches (accreditation number 010 / biol. From 18.10.2011 issued by the Technical Committee № 132, State consuming standard of Ukraine "Means of Animal protection, feeds and feed additives")

Tasks and grants
The laboratory performs tasks for 2016 -2020 within the frames of scientific studies:

Program of scientific researches № 28 "Study physiological and biochemical processes in animals at action of nano carboxylates of biotic elements" 28.00.01.02.F, DR 0116U001398, head - I. Kovalchuk
Program of scientific researches № 35 “Study the features of the organ-tissue distribution of essential ultra microelements (Ge, Ni, Co) in animals at different levels of their income," 35.00.01.01.F, DR 0116U001406, head - I.Kovalchuk

Scientific achievements
During 2000-2015 laboratory staff has published over 700 scientific works, including:
6 textbooks
6 manuals

2 guides
10 guidelines
4 specifications, 35 patents
365 articles in top professional journals
Over 285 scientific works in interagency thematic collections.
3 SOU were elaborated and 5 ISO harmonized in State Standards of Ukraine. 
Laboratory staff and graduates successfully prepared 4 doctoral and 35 master's theses.