MILKQUA project will enhance milk and dairy food quality and safety, and lower milk-associated health hazards, by reducing antimicrobial use on Tunisian farms in the context of One Health approach. Milk safety and quality are essential to the health and welfare of a community. Yet, milk also provides one of the main vehicles of food-borne diseases and antibiotic resistance. Therefore, MILKQUA will :
• Deliver an extension-based national milk program (QMP) to reduce the incidence of mastitis, and the consequent use of antibiotics.
• Explore the use of essential oils and plant extracts with antibacterial activities in diets of dairy cows to decrease the burden of mastitis, and increase feed efficiency, animal welfare and sustainability of milk production system.
• Improve the quality, including the shelf life of dairy products. MILKQUA is a cross-multidisciplinary project engaging 5 EU partners from 4 countries (France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal).
It will team with 5 Tunisian partners including livestock organization, academic and research institutions and dairy companies, with a high expertise in both fundamental and applied science, and will strongly rely on up-to-date system biology (both in vitro and in vivo assays) and OMICs methodologies. Synergy in communication and dissemination by the several Tunisian stakeholders will permit to reduce and monitor antimicrobial usage in livestock and improve both milk quality and quantity. MILKQUA will enhance the role of Tunisian dairy producers, as economic and environmental actors of the rural communities as purveyors of a sustainable food supply to consumers. MILKQUA will also lay the foundation of an accountable and dynamic system that will stimulate the economy to grow and promote prosperous and resilient communities across the country and elsewhere, providing new knowledge about the biological effects of natural compound that will be extended to other Mediterranean basin countries.
MILKQUA will develop and implement best practices within an integrated program for food safety and quality by:
This project is part of the PRIMA programme supported by the European Union
MilkQua Flyer has arrived
MilkQua project has been selected to participate in ITA Innov contest
Finalization of the Flyer MilkQua
MilkQua project at the esRadio Castilla y León
MilkQua highlighted in the Spanish media
1st MilkQua project Steering Board Meeting on June 3rd and 4th
WP 2 - Tunisian mission of February 2020
WP 2 - 3rd Mission in Tunisia
Renato Pereira (UPFP) has joined the MilkQua Project !
IDELE Innovations Comice
WP 2 - Tunisian mission of July
3rd International Symposium - "Milk, driver of development"
MilkQua Kick-Off Meeting - Paris, 2019
1st Stakeholders Meeting (Tunis, Tunisia)
WP 2 - 1st Mission in Tunisia
PRIMA Kick-Off Meeting - 2018 Projects
Latifa Najar (IDELE), Coordinator of MilkQua project will give a mini-conference at the World Microbe Forum the 20th June 2021 between 8:15 - 9:00 AM on the subject : "Using Essential Oils in Livestock". The conference's topic is : Learning from Nature to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance: Network Pharmacology with Plant and Fungal Antibacterials
Several members of MilkQua project participated in the 19th Conference on animal production organized by AIDA the 1st and 2nd June. They discussed about the effect of oregano essential oil could be replicated by mixing the pure compounds that are part of the natural formula.
The consortium of MilkQua project met on the 19th March 2021 for the 1st project's Scientific Meeting.
The MilkQua Project has hold its First project Steering Board Meeting on June 3rd and 4th afternoons, on a virtual meeting, in replacement of the initially planned meeting in Lodi (Italy). All partners were present. Twenty two participants were counted.
On 17 December 2019 in Paris, the French Livestock Institute organised its second Comice des Innovations et des Partenariats.
The kick off meeting of the MilkQua project took place in Paris on April 17, 2019. This launch was organized by Latifa Najar from Institut de l'Élevage.
JUNE 20 / MilkQua - 1st Project Steering Board Meeting (June 3rd-4th, 2020) - Press release (EN)
JUNE 20 / MilkQua - 1st Project Steering Board Meeting (June 3rd-4th, 2020) - Press release (FR)
JUNE 20 / MilkQua - 1st Project steering board meeting - Video + All presentations
MilkQua project annual Steering Board 2021: partners presentations
MilkQua project annual Steering Board 2021: Photos
MilkQua Scientific Webinar presentation : OMICs approaches : a deeper look in microRNAs in the immunity of ruminant mammary gland
Dietary Administration of Oregano Essential Oil to Newborn Dairy Calves Improves Feed Efficiency and Weight Gain during the Suckling - Andrés S., Abdennebi-Najar, L., Giráldez F.J. Dietary Administration of Oregano Essential Oil to Newborn Dairy Calves Improves Feed Efficiency and Weight Gain during the Suckling 72nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science”. Davos, Switzerland. August 30th-September 3rd, 2021.
Essential oils in livestock: From health to food quality. Antioxidants, 2021, 10, 198 - Nehme R, Andrés S, Pereira R.B, Ben Jemaa M, Bouhallab S, Ceciliani F, López S Rahali F.Z, Ksouri R, Pereira D.M, Abdennebi-Najar L. Essential oils in livestock: From health to food quality. Antioxidants, 2021, 10, 198.
Investigation of selected essential oils antibacterial potentials - "Hanen falleh, Mariem benjemâa, Fatma Zohra Rahali, Ibtissem Hamrouni, Monia Daaloul, Riadh Ksouri, David M. Pereira and Latifa Abdennebi-Najar Investigation of Selected Essential Oils Antibacterial Potentials 4th International Congress on Biochemistry & Microbiology Applied Technologies - BMAT-2021, Nov. 5th-07th , 2021. Hammamet"
Milk Quality along the Dairy Chain for a Safe and Sustainable Milk - L. Abdennebi-Najar, S. Andrés, H. Ben Salem, S. Ben Slimane, F. Ceciliani, M. Daaloul, I. Hamrouni Sellami, H. Hanafi, D. Pereira and Said Bouhallab Milk Quality along the Dairy Chain for a Safe and Sustainable Milk (MILKQUA) Review in book of abstract 3ème rencontres internationales sur le lait vecteur de développement. 12-13 juin 2019. Dakar. Sénégal "
MilkQua publications list
MARS 21 / MilkQua 1st Newsletter - (EN)
OCTOBER 21 / MilkQua - 2nd Newsletter - (EN)
MilkQua Flyer_Arabic version
MilkQua Flyer_English version
MilkQua Flyer_French version
WP1_D1.2_MilkQua Mid term Reporting to PRIMA-IS
WP3_D3.4. Effects of essential oils on in vitro ruminal fermentation parameters and methane production
WP3_D3.5_Report anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and immunomodulatory properties
WP6 D6.2 Mechanisms of EOs encapsulation and selection of the most stable and efficient one
WP6_D6.3_MilkQua Antimicrobial activity of encapsulated EOs
WP7_D7.2 Questionnaire establishment on milk consumption_