System analysis and assessment of animal husbandry
The group aims to improve the sustainability of animal husbandry systems, to quantify interactions of nitrogen, carbon and greenhouse gases in the supply chain as well as to show trade-offs, and suggest alternatives and provide decision support for stakeholders and policy within a holistic systems thinking. Material cycles shall be closed, nitrogen use efficiency shall improved, and individual, regional, and flexible concepts for a sustainable intensification shall be developed.
The assessment of environmental impacts is based mainly on nitrogen, carbon and water cycle analyses as well as on measurements and modelling of particles and infectious aerosols. Following the One Health approach, strategies to avoid zoonoses and microbial resistance connect human health aspects with those from animals and environment. Methods comprise established as well as further developed ones, for instance emission measurements and water budget calculations, and Life Cycle Assessment. Furthermore, the group contributes to international committees, such as Animal Task Force Group (ATF), TFRN, UNECE and IPCC.
Husbandry is labour-intense and hence, we assess as well the impacts on human health, using objective and subjective methods from ergonomics.
Current research questions:
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