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Teaching staff: 689
Emeritus professors: 28
Professors: 93
Senior lecturers: 83
Lecturers: 188
Assistant lecturers: 229
Preparatory assistant lecturers: 68
Enrolled students: 4037
Doctoral candidates: 488
Library volumes: 450,000

At present the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine has six faculties. It also organises post-graduate and doctoral training.

Scientific research plays an important role in the activity of the University.

The topics of basic and applied research are numerous and varied due to the specific nature of the faculties and of the research teams working in faculties or departments.

At the Faculty of Agronomy, pluridisciplinary teams conduct research on improving cultural technologies for the main crops grown on reddish-brown soil, under conditions of reduced soil pollution and lower material and energy consumption. Complex studies on the suitability and better ways of pesticides usage and on the effects of these substances on the trophic chain have been made. Scientists study the possibilities of developing new varieties of some cultural plants; the following varieties and hybrids have been homologated: the Ilfov Soya; several corn hybrids; four bean lines; three rape lines, four medicinal herb lines, etc. Using radioactive isotopes, fundamental research on some aspects of plant mineral nutrition has been done. Electron-microscopic research, as well as studies on rural economics, on agricultural production organization and improvement (with special emphasis on specific zones, priority crops etc.) have been also carried out.

At the Faculty of Horticulture, the range of research work includes technologies of growing horticultural crops in the field and in protected areas, plant breeding and the development of new varieties and hybrids. Many new varieties have been developed: "Export 2", "Sincron", "Vitamina" (tomatoes), "Augusta" (grapes), "Aniversare", "Start", "Rubin" "Raza de soare" (flowers). Moreover, the flora of the Danube Delta, as well as the industrial use of tinctorial plants and of "in vitro" cell and tissue cultures for plant-breeding purposes have been studied.

At the Faculty of Animal Science, a special interest in developing productive animal lines and hybrids and improving the breeding technologies has been shown. The results may be seen in goose hybrids for foie gras, sheep and pig lines, the Romanian "Semigreu" horse breed, a Romanian "Baltata" cattle line etc. Basic research is conducted on perfecting the techniques of semen conservation with various species, studies on ovogenesis, the effect of ionisation on animals etc.

At the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, clinical and pharmaco-dynamic studies on new pharmaceutical products used against a number of surgical, obstetrical, parasitic and microbial disease have been made. New drugs have been created, such as: the inactivated vaccine against pig infections pleuropneumonia, the vaccine against listeriosis in sheep; the vaccine against aviary cholera, etc. Research on several microbial enzymes used in the food industry has also been done. At the same time, morphological studies on some diseases prevailing in animal breeding forms have been fulfilled.

At the Faculty of Land Reclamation and Environmental Engineering research has been carried out on interrelations within the soil-water-climate-plant system, under conditions of reducing water and energy consumption in hydrotechnical amelioration schemes. Studies on problems associated with anti erosion works, the effect of structured and activated water in inorganic binder setting processes and on the use of secondary materials have been done. In current land reclamation works have been made, small-size pumps for individual consumers have been designed, and investigations regarding pollution with fluid percolation from farm land, and regarding the feasibility of using sludge and waste water have been conducted.

Many of the research results are applied on a million hectares of reddish-brown soil, while others are of great use to the Romanian agriculture all over the country. A lot of results have been patented as innovations and have been included in the production standards of the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Some students are involved in the research work, too.

At the Faculty of Biotechnology the research work is focused on agricultural, industrial and veterinary biotechnologies.

At present, the University is headed by the Senate, a Rector, three Pro-rectors and a Science Secretary. Every faculty is run by the Faculty Board, the Dean, the Vice-Dean and the Science Secretary. Mandated by both the University Senate and the Faculty Boards, the Senate Bureau together with the Board Bureau run the current activity.

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