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Kaposvar, Hungary

The University of Kaposvár is a university in Hungary. It was established in 2000. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate education. The Health science Center and the Feed Crops Research Institute in Iregszemcse are parts of the University. Wikipedia.

Szendro Z.,University of Kaposvar | McNitt J.I.,Southern University and A&M College
Livestock Science | Year: 2012

The aim of this review is to compare group and individual housing systems for rabbit does, focusing on production and some welfare aspects. Some information about the benefits and costs of group-living European wild rabbits is also provided. Group-housing of does, independently of the larger area for moving and social contact, contravenes the welfare recommendations often resulting in chronic stress, aggressiveness and injuries, higher risk of diseases and mortality, etc., reproductive performance is lower, and the costs of production are higher. These housing systems do not fully meet the needs of the animals and they negatively impact the rabbits' well-being. For European wild rabbits, living in groups has several negative aspects which are similar to group-housing of domestic rabbit does. The most important benefit is decreasing predation risk which is not a real problem in rabbit farms. In individual cages, the rabbits have less space to move and less opportunity for social interactions. Some alternative housing systems (plastic mesh floor, elevated platform, larger cages, foot mats for the does, etc.) increase the production costs, but also improve the welfare of animals (larger area for activity and incidence of behavioural stereotypes). These alternatives increase the cost of production and may have a negative effect on the demand for rabbit meat. Concerning all aspects of housing systems, it can be concluded that individual housing of does in enlarged and enriched cages currently best meets the demands of rabbits, farmers and consumers. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. Source

Szendro K.,University of Kaposvar
Journal of Food Products Marketing | Year: 2016

Nationwide consumer research was conducted in 2014 on consumer perceptions, purchasing practices, and consumption of rabbit meat. The questionnaire revealed that respondents basically found rabbit meat healthy; however, better knowledge of positive physiological effects would lead to increased consumption. Transforming public awareness may also include the criticism of housing systems suspected to be “humanitarian.” The experiment-proven conditions, in which—in contrast to human empathy and preconceptions—rabbits indeed feed well and are “happy,” should be presented to the public. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Source

Halas V.,University of Kaposvar | Nochta I.,Provimi
Animals | Year: 2012

Mannan oligosaccharides (MOSs) are often referred to as one of the potential alternatives for antimicrobial growth promoters. The aim of the paper is to provide a review of mannan oligosaccharide products in relation to their growth promoting effect and mode of action based on the latest publications. We discuss the dietary impact of MOSs on (1) microbial changes, (2) morphological changes of gut tissue and digestibility of nutrients, and (3) immune response of pigs after weaning. Dietary MOSs maintain the intestinal integrity and the digestive and absorptive function of the gut in the post-weaning period. Recent results suggest that MOS enhances the disease resistance in swine by promoting antigen presentation facilitating thereby the shift from an innate to an adaptive immune response. Accordingly, dietary MOS supplementation has a potential growth promoting effect in pigs kept in a poor hygienic environment, while the positive effect of MOS is not observed in healthy pig herds with high hygienic standards that are able to maintain a high growth rate after weaning. © 2010 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Source

Dalle Zotte A.,University of Padua | Szendro Z.,University of Kaposvar
Meat Science | Year: 2011

Increasing consumer knowledge of the link between diet and health has raised the awareness and demand for functional food ingredients. Meat and its derivatives may be considered functional foods to the extent that they contain numerous compounds thought to be functional. This review will attempt to outline the excellent nutritional and dietetic properties of rabbit meat and offer an overview of the studies performed on the strategies adopted to improve the functional value of rabbit meat. Dietary manipulation has been seen to be very effective in increasing the levels of essential FA, EPA, DHA, CLA, branched chain FA, vitamin E, and selenium in rabbit meat. Dietary fortification with vitamin E or natural products such as oregano essential oil, chia seed oil, and Spirulina platensis microalga seem promising in improving the oxidative stability of rabbit meat while also adding functional ingredients. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Baintner K.,University of Kaposvar
Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica | Year: 2016

Intraperitoneal administration of concanavalin A (ConA, 25 mg/kg b.w.), a cell-binding plant lectin was used for inducing inflammatory ascites, and potential inhibitors were tested in 1 h and 2.5 h experiments, i.e. still before the major influx of leucocytes. At the end of the experiment the peritoneal fluid was collected and measured. The ConA-induced ascites was significantly (p<0.01) and dose-dependently inhibited by icatibant (HOE-140), a synthetic polypeptide antagonist of bradykinin receptors. Aprotinin, a kallikrein inhibitor protein also had significant (p<0.01), but less marked inhibitory effect. L-NAME, an inhibitor of NO synthesis, and atropine methylnitrate, an anticholinergic compound, were ineffective. It is concluded, that the kallikrein/kinin system contributes to the mediation of the ConA-induced ascites by increasing subperitoneal vascular permeability, independent of the eventual vasodilation produced by NO. It is known, that membrane glycoproteins are aggregated by the tetravalent ConA and the resulting distortion of membrane structure may explain the activation of the labile prekallikrein. Complete inhibition of the ConA-induced ascites could not be achieved by aprotinin or icatibant, which indicates the involvement of additional mediators. © 2016 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest. Source

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