Effect of Аrtemisia annua L. extract on growth performance, biochemical blood parameters and meat quality of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss W.), cultivated in recirculating system

  1. Koshinski*

 

Department of Biology and Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

 

DOI: 10.15547/ast.2018.03.051

(Manuscript received 30 June 2018; accepted for publication 20 August 2018)

 

Abstract. Medicinal herbs can be used as feed additives to improve animal growth performance and to optimize physiological processes. The purpose of this study was to trace growth performance, meat quality and biochemical blood parameters (glucose, urea, creatinine, total protein, albumin, ASAT, ALAT, Ca, P, Mg, triglycerides, cholesterol) of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss W.), fed with additive sweet wormwood (Аrtemisia annua L.) extract. In a recirculation system at the Aquaculture Base of the Faculty of Agriculture at Trakia University, a control group (no added) and an experimental (with added 204 mg.kg-1 of sweet wormwood extract) option were set, each of them with two replicates and mean initial weight of fish 13.32±3.07g and 13.37±2.76g, respectively. Forty specimens of rainbow trouts in good health condition were placed in each tank and cultivated for 60 days. At the end of the experiment average final weight, specific growth rates, feed conversion ratio, meat quality and blood biochemical parameters were calculated. Trouts from the experimental group, fed with supplement had 5.5% higher average final weight compared to this one of individuals from the control (P<0.05). The blood biochemical parameters glucose, ASAT and ALAT in control variant were higher compared to the values of that parameters of the fish from the experimental group (P>0.05). Electrolytes of blood such as phosphorus (P) had higher level in the experimental group (P>0.05) compared to the control group. Better growth performance and blood parameters were measured in trout fed sweet wormwood supplement.

Ontogenetic and diurnal variations of essential oil content of Hypericum montbretii Spach, cultivated in Kazdağı (Edremit/Balıkesir), Turkey

  1. Paşa1, E. Esendal2, T. Kiliç3

 

1Department of Plant and Animal Production, Altinoluk Vocational School, Balikesir University, Medicinal and Aromatical Plants Programme, Altinoluk, Edremit, Balikesir, Turkey

2Department of Field Crops, Faculty of Agriculture, Namik Kemal University, Tekirdağ, Turkey

3Faculty of Necatibey Education, Balikesir University, Balikesir, Turkey

 

DOI: 10.15547/ast.2018.03.050

(Manuscript received 16 April 2018; accepted for publication 8 July 2018)

 

Abstract. This research was carried out to determine the Hypericum montbretii Spach types essential oil content and composition, and its diurnal variations (9.00 am, 12.00 am and 16.00 pm) during the growing season of 2012. The plant was cultivated in the area of Mount Ida (Balikesir-Edremit), Turkey. The oil composition was determined with GC-MS. During the plant developmental stages the highest quantity of essential oil content (0.30-0.39%) was found at the full plant flowering stage and the lowest one at fresh fruiting stage (0.03-0.04%). Diurnal fluctuation in essential oils of whole plant was also observed – higher were the levels at noon (12.00 am) – 0.04-0.39% compared to the morning (9.00 am) and in the afternoon (16.00 pm). The oils consisted mainly of: at the vegetative stage – germacrene-D (6.9-11.7 %), gamma-Gurjunene (6.1-11.6%), 2-methyl octane (3.8-4.9%), δ-cadinol (2.7-4.8%) and phytol (2.9-4.5%); at the flowering stage – α-pinene (26.4-28.0%), undecane (14.1-16.0%), β-pinene (12.8-14.3%), delta-cadinene (6.8-8.0%) and caryophyllene (4.9-6.0%); at the fresh fruiting stage – amorphene (6.8-8.2%), β- caryophyllene (4.1-5.3%), delta-cadinene (5.0-5.5%) and α-cadinene (4.3-6.1%).

 

Analysis of structure and performance of paddy rice marketing in Adamawa state, Nigeria

Y. Dauna1, D.Y. Giroh1, W.B. Adamu2

1Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria
2Yola Electricity Distribution Company Yerwa Business Unit, Maiduguri, Nigeria

(Manuscript received 20 March 2018; accepted for publication 31 May 2018)

Abstract. Many factors such as inadequate capital, poor infrastructure, poor price information could bring about distortion in the structure and performance of the market process resulting to the reduction in profit margin of marketers and a disincentive to present and prospective marketers of paddy rice. This study was conducted to analyze the structure and performance of paddy rice marketing in Adamawa State, Nigeria. The specific objectives were to examine the structure of rice market and to evaluate the performance of the market participants in the study area. Data were collected from 204 rice marketers using multi stage sampling technique. Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI) was used to determine structure of the market, while Marketing Efficiency measure was applied in analyzing the market performance of the market participants. The HHI pooled results for year 2013, 2014 and 2015 revealed that paddy rice marketing in Adamawa State has a highly competitive market structure (11.38 and 71) with low (42% and 24%) marketing performance for retailers and wholesalers, respectively. To improve the performance of market participants, it is recommended that government should open up and rehabilitate the road network in the hinterlands to facilitate easy evacuation of agricultural inputs and commodities in and out of the market. Financial support and formation of unions would enable the marketers benefit from scale operation and enroll for training on entrepreneurship.

Meat quality and boar taint in entire male pigs fattened to 90 kg

I.G. Penchev1, S. Ribarski1, D. Dimitrov2, T. Stoyanchev3, S. Ivanova4

1Department of Morphology, Physiology and Nutrition, Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
2Slaughterhouse “Dimes 2000” EOOD, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria,
3Department of Food safety and control, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
4Department of International cooperation and public relations, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria

(Manuscript received 23 February 2018; accepted for publication 10 May 2018)

Abstract. The aim of the present study was to investigate the chemical composition, technological traits and incidence of boar taint of meat from entire male pigs from two of the commonest breeds reared in Bulgaria: Landrace and Danube White. Fifty meat samples from entire male pigs (22 Landrace and 28 Danube White) fattened to average live weight of 90 kg were investigated. The chemical composition of Landrace pig meat was characterised with insignificantly lower fat and mineral content compared to Danube White meat. There were no significant differences between both breeds as technological properties of meat (pH, water holding capacity, and cooking loss) were concerned. The breed had a statistically significant effect on meat marbling (р<0.001). Landrace meat exhibited insignificantly higher incidence of the unpleasant boar taint as compared to Danube White meat (27.27% and 25.00%, respectively).

Influence of Goji berries on oxidative changes, microbiological status and chemical properties of sausages

  1. Mitev1*, A. Kuzelov1, E. Joshevska2

1Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University „Goce Delchev”, 2400 Shtip, Republic of Macedonia

2Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Biotechnical sciences, University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bitola, Republic of Macedonia

(Manuscript received 11 January 2018; accepted for publication 28 February 2018)

Abstract. The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of dried and minced goji berries over the oxidative changes (acid level, peroxide value), microbiological status and chemical properties on semi-durable sausage vacuumed and kept at a temperature of +4°С. Therefore, four types of sausages were made. The study was carried out on the 1st, 10th, 25th, 35th, and 50th day of the production of the sausage groups. The acid level of all examined groups of sausages is increasing, and the highest increase is registered in the control group of sausages (2.08). During the storage of the sausages, the peroxide value increased from the first to the fiftieth day. The presence of Listeria monocitogenes, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus was examined as well as the number of aerobic bacteria. In all examined groups, none of the abovementioned bacteria were identified. During the storage of sausages, the number of aerobic bacteria ranged from 2.08 to 2.93 log/CFU/g, which was much lower than the permissible limit (7.00 log/CFU/g) according to the national legislation. The fruit of goji berry doesn’t have a significant effect on the chemical composition of the studied sausage groups.

Organoleptic properties of white yam (Dioscorea rotundata poir) as affected by autoclaving time

  1. Ahmed1*, Y.B. Kiri2, M.S. Abubakar3

1Department of Crop Science, Adamawa State University, Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria

2Department of Animal Production, Adamawa State University, Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria

3Department of Soil Science, Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria

(Manuscript received 22 October 2017; accepted for publication 31 January 2018)

Abstract. This experiment examined the effect of processing white yam (Dioscorea rotundata poir) using autoclave under different heating times with the main objective of assessing its effects on the organoleptic properties (colour, mealiness, taste, softness and wetness). Yam tubers were washed, peeled and chopped into chunks. Treatments consisted of yam autoclaved at the temperature of 121oC and pressure of 100 kPa using five different autoclaving times (0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 min) laid out in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). Descriptive sensory analysis was conducted by five trained panelists using a 7-point descriptive scoring method. Data collected were subjected to Analysis of Variance using SAS (1999). Least Significant Differences (LSD) tests were used to compare means that showed significant difference at P≤0.05. The results show that, autoclaving time had positive influence on organoleptic properties of white yam. The effect was more apparent on yam autoclaved for 5 minutes and therefore, recommended to be adopted for improved sensory attributes of boiled white yam.

Residue analysis of difenoconazole in apple fruits grown in Republic of Macedonia

  1. Jankuloska1*, I. Karov2, G. Pavlovska1

1Faculty of Technology and Technical Sciences – Veles, “St. Kliment Ohridski” University – Bitola, Dimitar Vlahov 57, 1400 Veles, Republic of Macedonia

2 Faculty of Agriculture, University Goce Delchev, 2400 Shtip, Republic of Macedonia

(Manuscript received 18 July 2017; accepted for publication 11 November 2017)

Abstract. The purpose of this research was to determine the residue analysis of difenoconazole in apple fruits from Resen region, Republic of Macedonia. Analyzed were two varieties of apples, Golden Delicious and Idared. Samples were taken from two different locations in Resen in the year 2016. Difenoconazole analysis was performed with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) after a previous extraction of residue by applying the QuEChERS method. The obtained concentrations of residues of difenoconazole are compared with the maximum residue limit regulated by the Macedonian legislation. Analyses showed that the concentration of difenoconazole in both varieties of apples from two different locations is in the range of 0.01 to 0.41 mg/kg. In certain development phase of the apple fruits the concentration reaches 80 times lower concentration than the maximum limit. The data show that apple fruits can be safely consumed according to the recommended maximum residue limit (MRL) for difenoconazole in apples (0.8 mg/kg). Statistical processing of the data suggests that there is no significant difference between samples but presence of difenoconazole in apple fruits from both locations is with significant difference.

Role and importance of the awareness for whey in dairy sector at an international level

M. Yılmaz1*, H. Celik2, A.D. Karaman3, K. Celik4

1Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Adnan Menderes University Aydın, Turkey
2Economics and administrative sciences, Çanakkale on Sekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, Turkey
3Department of Dairy Technology, College of Agriculture, Adnan Menderes University, Aydın, Turkey 4Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Çanakkale on Sekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, Turkey

(Manuscript received 6 June 2017; accepted for publication 2 November 2017)

Abstract. The WHY-WHEY? is a training project supported by the EU with regard to the Erasmus+ program aiming at promoting awareness for it. In this study, the surveys carried out with the participants of a total of 4 workshops in Turkey, Italy, Poland and Hungary were evaluated. Whey is the main dairy by-product, rather than a waste, which is obtained during the coagulation of milk casein in cheese making and which is considered as a residual aqueous solution of lactose containing protein and minerals. Survey results indicated that whey is a significant source and it could facilitate the production of some different alternative products. However, there is a great lack in the knowledge and the awareness in this sense. For this reason, it could be said that more detailed surveys and result analyses could offer a solid base to develop a training course and didactic materials in a way that could completely meet the needs of the sector.

Carcass traits and meat quality of different slow growing and fast growing broiler chickens

M. Oblakova1, N. Mincheva1, P. Hristakieva1, I. Ivanova1, M. Lalev1, Sv. Georgieva2

1Agricultural Institute – Stara Zagora, 6000, Bulgaria
2Department of Genetic, Breeding and Reproduction, Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

(Manuscript received 3 July 2017; accepted for publication 5 October 2017)

Abstract. The experiment was conducted in the breeder farm of department Population genetics, reproduction and technologies of poultry and rabbits at the Agriculture Institute of Stara Zagora. Five lines from the National Gene Pool of Bulgaria: line Ss (Sussex), line E (Barred Plymouth Rock), line NG (New Hampshire), line F (NG x Red Rhode Island), line L (White Plymouth Rock) were used as maternal forms in the crossing schedule and line M (Cornish) as a paternal form for production of slow-growing broilers. The birds were grown to 84 days. Feeding was done with compound feeds according to the age: starter (1/14 days of age), grower (14/28 days of age), finisher (28/84 days of age). By the end of the experiment, slaughter analysis was performed with 3 female and 3 male broiler chickens per group with live weight corresponding to the average of each genotype. The live weight was determined, as well as the grill weight, the weights of cuts (breast, thighs, wings), edible offal (heart, liver, gizzard) and abdominal fat. On the basis of these data, the slaughter yield and body parts ratios were calculated. The data for the live body weights of birds at slaughtering indicated the highest values for group V – 4040g, followed by groups ІV and ІІ – 3271.67g and 3186.67g, respectively (p<0.05). There was a statistically significant difference between the sexes with superiority of male birds (p<0.001). In the other 3 groups, breast meat percentage ranged from 19.48 to 19.84%. The share of thighs from the grill was the greatest in slow-growing chickens from group II – 33.01%, followed by group І – 32.35%, group IV – 32.18%, and the lowest- in groups ІІІ and V (31.91% and 31.18%, respectively). The analysis of data exhibited a significant effect of the genotype on water content of breast meat (resp. Dry matter), with lower values in slow-growing birds from group III – 73.19% (p<0.05), whereas in the other groups it ranged between 73.44 and 73.62%. The dry matter higher percentage was associated with better lavor of meat. The analysis of the effect of genotype on meat protein content showed that protein content was the highest in the breast of slow-growing chickens from group III- 24.89% and lowest in the breast meat of conventional broilers from group V – 23.86% (p<0.05). In the other 3 groups, it ranged from 24.55 to 24.59%. The protein content of thighs was the lowest in slow-growing birds from group I- 19.49%, and the difference was the highest when compared to groups II and III, also slow-growing (p<0.05). With respect to the thigh fat content, it was the highest in slow-growing chickens from group IV (5.84%), followed by fast-growing from group V (5.33%) and the lowest- in slow-growing birds from group І – 4.12% (p<0.05). The analysis of data showed a statistically significant effect of the sex on water content (p<0.001), fat (p<0.001) and ash (p<0.01). In males, thigh meat contained water and ash and in females more fat. The interaction of genotype and sex effects were important for thigh meat fat content, with highest values in fast-growing females from group V – 5.98% and lowest in slowly growing males from group I – 3.88% (p<0.001). Weak but statistically significant interaction between both factors was found with respect to thigh protein and ash (p<0.05). The highest protein content was established in slow-growing females from group IV (19.81%), whereas thigh ash was with highest percentage in slow-growing males from group II (1.11%).

Mathematical methods for assessment and analysis of honey yield data for Bulgaria and the European Union for the period 1961-2014

N. Keranova*

Department of Mathematics, Informatics and Physics, Faculty of Economics, Agricultural University-Plovdiv, 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria (Manuscript received 30 May 2017; accepted for publication 27 September 2017)

Abstract. The objective of this work is to assess the average yields of bee honey for the period from 1961 to 2014 for all countries of the European Union. For this purpose, a single-factor analysis of variance was used. As a result of the surveys, it was found that the highest average yield of honey in the EU is in Germany (20541.91 t) and Spain (20253.43 t), while the lowest yield is in Ireland (199.74 t) and Luxembourg (133,2 t). Data on the production of bee honey in Bulgaria by regions from 2006 to 2014 were also analyzed, and mathematical models were made, reflecting the relationship between the respective honey yields and the survey period. The data on the basis of which the study was carried out are from the FAOSTAD database and the Agro-statistical reference book for 2000-2014 of the “Agro-statistics” Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry of the Republic of Bulgaria.