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Max-Eyth-Allee 100

14469 Potsdam


Tel. +49 (0)331 5699-0


Coordinating institute

System analysis and assessment of animal husbandry

Relevant system components in husbandry

Contact: Barbara Amon, Werner Berg, Katrin DrastigMartina Jakob, Ulrich Kreidenweis

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:

  • How can options and limits of nitrogen and greenhouse gas emissions in husbandry systems be better characterized? How can the nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) be increased?
  • How can the sustainability of animal husbandry in all three pillars (environmental, economic, social) improved?
  • How should international guidelines on emission reductions and their reporting be designed in order to enhance their implementation?

Program events

May 4, 2020: Virtual Meeting - INI2020 in Berlin (originally scheduled for May 3-7, 2020)

For Covid-19 updates concerning the 8th Global Nitrogen Conference of the International Nitrogen...

Oct 11-12, 2020: Water use assessment of livestock production systems and supply chains, Berlin

The expert-workshop serves to advance and harmonize methods and techniques and improve water use in...

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Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. · Max-Eyth-Allee 100 · 14469 Potsdam · Germany · Tel. +49 (0)331 5699 0 · E-mail