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Structure Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
Telephone 0498272583
Qualification Professore associato confermato
Scientific sector AGR/20 - ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
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Studio docente, Agripolis, Stecca 1, 1° Piano, Dipartimento di Biomedicina Comparata e Alimentazione. Il docente è sempre disponibile. E' preferibile concordare un appuntamento per mail (
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Proposals for thesis
Effects of housing systems on performance and welfare of growing rabbits and does.

Effects of ontogenetic and rearing factors on perormance, welfare, myopathy occurrence and meat quality in broiler chickens.

Curriculum Vitae
Born in Rome, 03/06/1971; graduated in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Bari (April 1995) 110/110 cum laude; PhD in Animal Science at the University of Padova (2000); Assistant professor SSD AGR/20 (Poultry and Rabbit Science, Aquaculture), University of Padova (2010-2015).

Actual position
Associate professor, SSD AGR/20 (Poultry and Rabbit Science, Aquaculture), Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science (BCA), University of Padova (since 2015).

Scientific responsible of:
Marie-Curie project PISCOPIA “Understand the relevant factors to assess rabbit welfare under experimental and commercial conditions” (years 2014-2018)
Research unit in the project “Alternative systems for rabbit rearing: economic, health and welfare evaluation and consumer perception”, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie-Italian health authority and research organization for animal health and food safety (years 2018-2020)
Veneto Region FEAMP project (2017-2018)
Junior researcher grant at the University of Padova (year 2016-2017)
Project of the University of Padova (year 2014-2016)
Research unit in PSR project funded by the Veneto region (year 2014-2015)
Project CNR-Agenzia2000 for young researchers (year 2000)
Research contracts with public Institutions (Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie) (year 2016, 2018)

Participant to:
Expert in the COST Action 848: Multifacetted research in rabbit: a model to develop a healthy and safe production in respect with animal welfare (2000-2005) (Resp. Dr. Luc Maertens)
Concerted action: ERAFE (FAIR3-CT96-1651) European harmonization of rabbit feed evaluation (1996-2002) (Resp. Dr. T. Gidenne)
National research projects granted by MIUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research), MIPAF (Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry), and University of Padova in rabbit science and aquaculture.

Academic roles
Vice-coordinator of the PhD School in Animal and Food Science, University of Padova.
Coordinator of the Scientific Commission of BCA.
Member of the Evaluation Committee of the Master in Agricultural Science and Technology (2012-2016).
Member of the Committee for traineeship of the Veterinary Medicine Degree, University of Padova.

Scientific associations and events organizations
Secretary-Treasurer of the Italian Rabbit Science Association (ASIC) (from 2010).
Member of World Rabbit Science Association, World Poultry Science Association (WPSA), Poultry Science Association (PSA), Italian Scientific Association for Animal production (ASPA).
Participating to the organization of the 9th World Rabbit Congress (2008, Verona, Italy).
Participation and scientific responsibility in the organization of several ASIC congresses and meetings, and specialized courses in rabbit science for technicians and veterinaries (2010-2018).

Author and co-author of more than 160 original scientific documents, including research papers, communications at congresses, chapters of books both at a national and at an international level.

Bibliometric index in Scopus: 55 publications, 18 H index and 754 citations (July, 2018).
Member of the EGRAN group (European Group on rabbit nutrition).

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): FC33039273A0833675DF795D0B12F3B5.pdf

Research areas
In collaboration with Italian and foreign researcher, her research activity mainly dealt with rabbit science. Initially, main research topics were harmonization of rabbit feed evaluation; energy and protein metabolism, nutritive requirements and relationships with health status in growing rabbits and reproducing does. During the last 10 years, researches has been especially devoted to the development of alternative housing systems for growing rabbits and reproducing does, in view of animal welfare and behavior, growth performance and product quality.
Among most recent research topics, strategies for improving performance, meat quality, health and welfare of poultry. Other research topics included feeding, management and rearing factors affecting meat quality (poultry, veal, rabbits, fish); use of NIRS analysis to characterize feeds for animals and meat; effect of rearing system on welfare, freshness, nutritional quality and safety (PCBs and heavy metals) of sea bass.

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Pubblicazioni ultimi tre anni (2015-18)

TROCINO A., ZOMEÑO C., BIROLO M., DI MARTINO G., STEFANI A., BONFANTI L., BERTOTTO D., GRATTA F., XICCATO G., 2018. Impact of pre-slaughter transport conditions on stress response, carcass traits, and meat quality in growing rabbits. MEAT SCIENCE (accepted for publication).

TROCINO A., FILIOU E., ZOMEÑO C., BIROLO M., BERTOTTO D., XICCATO G. 2018. Behaviour and reactivity of female and male rabbits housed in collective pens: The effects of the floor type and stocking density at different ages. WORLD RABBIT SCIENCE 26, 135-147.

ZOMEÑO C., BIROLO M., GRATTA F., ZUFFELLATO A., XICCATO G., TROCINO A. 2018. Effects of group housing system, pen floor type, and lactation management on performance and behaviour in rabbit does. APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR SCIENCE 203, 55-63.

CAUCCI, C., DI MARTINO, G., CAPELLO, K., MAZZUCCATO, M., TROCINO, A., XICCATO, G., LAGO, N., BRICHESE, M., BONFANTI, L. 2018. Risk factors for pre-slaughter mortality in fattening and breeding rabbits. LIVESTOCK SCIENCE 210, 55-58.

TROCINO A., BIROLO M., DABBOU S., GRATTA F., RIGO N., XICCATO G. 2018. Effect of age and gender on carcass traits and meat quality of farmed brown hares. ANIMAL 12(4), 864-871.

GRATTA F., BIROLO M., XICCATO G., TROCINO A. 2017.Effect of genotype, gender, and feed restriction on slaughter results and meat quality of broiler chickens AGRICULTURAE CONSPECTUS SCIENTIFICUS 82 (Special Issue 2), 311-314.

ZOMEÑO C., BIROLO M., ZUFFELLATO A., XICCATO G., TROCINO A. 2017. Aggressiveness in group-housed rabbit does: Influence of group size and pen characteristics. APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR SCIENCE 194, 79-85.

BIROLO M., TROCINO A., TAZZOLI M., XICCATO G. 2017. Effect of feed restriction and feeding plans on performance, slaughter traits and body composition of growing rabbits. WORLD RABBIT SCIENCE 25 doi:10.4995/wrs.2017.6748.

RADAELLI G., PICCIRILLO A., BIROLO M., BERTOTTO D., GRATTA F., BALLARIN C., VASCELLARI M., XICCATO G., TROCINO A. 2017. Effect of age on the occurrence of muscle fiber degeneration associated with myopathies in broiler chickens submitted to feed restriction. POULTRY SCIENCE 96, 309-319.

BIROLO M., TROCINO A., ZUFFELLATO A., XICCATO G. 2016. Effect of feed restriction programs and slaughter age on digestive efficiency, growth performance and body composition of growing rabbits. ANIMAL FEED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 222, 194–203.

TROCINO A., PICCIRILLO A., BIROLO M., RADAELLI G., BERTOTTO D., FILIOU E., PETRACCI M., XICCATO G. 2015. Effect of genotype, gender and feed restriction on growth, meat quality and the occurrence of white striping and wooden breast in broiler chickens. POULTRY SCIENCE 94, 2996–3004.

CAVICCHIO L., DOTTO G., GIACOMELLI M., GIOVANARDI D., GRILLI G., FRANCIOSINI M.P., TROCINO A., PICCIRILLO A. 2015. Class 1 and class 2 integrons in avian pathogenic Escherichia coli from poultry in Italy. POULTRY SCIENCE 94, 1202-1208.

RIGO N., TROCINO A., POPPI L., GIACOMELLI M., GRILLI G., PICCIRILLO A. 2015. Performance and mortality of farmed hares. ANIMAL 9, 1025-1031.

TROCINO A., FILIOU E., TAZZOLI M., BIROLO M., ZUFFELLATO A., XICCATO G. (2015) Effects of floor type, stocking density, slaughter age, and gender on productive and qualitative traits of rabbits reared in collective pens ANIMAL 9, 855-861.

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): FC33039273A0833675DF795D0B12F3B5.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
AV2378 001LE AVP7077580 8 3rd Year (2019/20) First
AG0063 003LE AG02109608 6 1st Year (2019/20) First
IF0360 COMMON SCN1031746 7 1st Year (2019/20) Second
AV2378 002LE AVP7077600 8 3rd Year (2019/20) First