Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
Jamnikarjeva 101, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 1 3203 000
Dean: Professor Miha Humar, PhD.
About the faculty
The fundamental mission of the Biotechnical Faculty is to provide university, professional higher, and postgraduate education, as well as to carry out scientific research and technical and consulting work concerning the sciences of living nature (biology, microbiology) along with agriculture, forestry and fisheries (forestry, animal husbandry, agronomy), the related production technologies (wood technology, food technology, biotechnology), human nutrition and landscape architecture. The common denominator of all academic and scientific disciplines at the Biotechnical Faculty is natural resources (soil, physical space, flora, fauna, and water).
Due to its orientation towards studying natural resources and the sustainable management thereof, the Faculty is one of those societal institutions that every country needs in order to form and maintain its identity. Research and education in life sciences and nature confers on the Biotechnical Faculty a considerable share of responsibility regarding the creation of the relevant professional and scientific foundation and the promotion of a social atmosphere that ensures the sustainable and harmonious cohabitation of man and nature.
Environmental and landscape protection, the protection of the natural heritage, environmentally friendly and sustainable use of natural resources, the production and processing of quality food for safer and healthier nutrition, together with modern biotechnology all entail global challenges which may only be positively addressed by pursuing a continuous and relentless search for what is newer and better, by acquiring the latest knowledge and applying such in everyday use.
The main goal of the educational program is to educate – based on the Faculty’s own research and other achievements – highly skilled professionals in the management of natural resources and the thereby related production technologies. The program includes undergraduate and postgraduate studies as well as a variety of forms of informal education, enabling the acquisition of basic knowledge for work as well as for research activities and the constant updating and broadening of such knowledge.
The Faculty’s scientific and research work combines basic, applied and developmental research work, enabling the rapid transfer of research results into practice. A part thereof consists of technical and consultative work enabling the Faculty teaching staff to be up-to-date with and able to solve the everyday needs and problems of practice, resulting at the same time in new ideas for their research and educational activities. The circle: basic research – applied research – education – specialized work and development must be complete and unbroken. Such approach calls for a close connection with the production needs of individual professions and implementers of societal development. The Faculty wishes to be a part of the arena of life.
With a variety of educational and research programs, the Biotechnical Faculty facilitates and encourages interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation in education as well as the integral research of the developmental problems that are increasingly multilayered and intertwined with the interests of various professions. Thereby it must ensure in all scientific disciplines and study programs high-quality and internationally recognized scientific and professional connections, openness, and recognition, based on excellence.
Another guarantee of the level of quality of the Faculty’s educational, research, and developmental activities is its international comparability. The Faculty needs to have a professionally grounded position and viewpoint on all current matters of social practice in the areas covered by its programs. It thus needs to actively participate in the creation of agricultural and forestry policies, rural development, and policies related to wood and food technologies, human nutrition and other related fields.
The Faculty’s mission is pursued by its academic community of teachers, researchers, other staff, and students, who are responsible for maintaining and contributing to the Faculty’s scopes of activities with their initiative, persistent work, expert knowledge, and quality of work results.
Agronomy, Animal Science, Biology, Food science and technology, Forestry and renewable forest resources, Landscape architecture, Wood science and technology
Work in the field of apiculture
Beekeeping activities are present in educational and research work at the Biotechnical Faculty. Many subjects of different study programs involve honey bee, melliferous plants, bee pests and hive products, but apart from that students have an opportunity to enroll in the elective course Beekeeping, which includes topics from bee biology, honey flows, bee pests, beekeeping technology and hive products from a theoretical and practical point of view. This course is regularly attended by Erasmus students as well. Research in the field of beekeeping is spread through different departments and research groups. Research work at the Department of Biology includes 4 researchers (university professors) in the field of the physiology of and the toxicology in honeybees. With part-time engagement in the research they are mentoring undergraduate and graduate students involved in providing new insights in these fields. Similar activity is taking place at the Department of Animal Science, where two university professors are involved in the genomics of Carniolan honey bee from the level of gene pool diversity to a specific expression of genes, especially related to bee diseases and toxication. Parameters related to quality, authenticity and nutritional value of the hive products are studied by two university professors at the Department of Food Science and Technology. Along with their own work they supervise many students’ theses with topics related to beekeeping. Occasionally other researchers from the Biotechnical Faculty are involved in the research programs of the mentioned groups, and are mentors of students with theses on the topic of beekeeping. Some of the Faculty members are also involved in extension work and different kinds of committees established by the government to prepare state regulations or evaluate professional activities in beekeeping.
The main university professors and topics covered by them:
- Biology: Dr. Janko Božič (bee biology and physiology, general beekeeping topics, extension work), Dr. Gordana Glavan (neurobiology and toxicology in honeybees), Dr. Anita Jemec Kokalj and Dr. Damjana Drobne (toxicology in honeybees);
- Animal Science: Dr. Peter Dovč (genetics of the Carniolan honey bee, extension work), Dr. Mojca Narat (immunology and gene expression in honeybees);
- Food Science and Technology: Dr. Mojca Korošec and Dr. Jasna Bertoncelj (hive products quality and authenticity, extension work).