Area 2 (‘Environment’): Improve and manage resource use to reduce waste and enhance the environmental sustainability of European animal production
Researchers at ATB conduct research in all three areas that are relevant for SusAn: Economy, Environment and Society. With regard to livestock farming, we focus on measuring and mitigating emissions including the optimisation of climatic conditions in animal houses and livestock facilities. Advanced animal husbandry systems and animal individual milking technology provide high level animal health, milk quality and animal welfare. We use and develop new technologies and analytical methods, sensor technology, information technology and automation. Studies on physical and physiological parameters form the basis for the development of technology and sensor systems, for the optimization of technical procedures and analysis of animal specific welfare indicators. Studies in animal housing systems and physical modelling in combination with a boundary layer wind tunnel produce valuable knowledge on gaseous emissions and the possibility of their reduction.
Current research activities include reduction of transfer and of development of antibiotic resistant bacteria along the entire poultry production chain, sustainable dairy systems, manure management and optimised climatisation of naturally ventilated buildings as a climate change adaptation measure.
We are in close contact with stakeholders, with the farming community and with industry partners. Through our role in policy groups (e.g. IPCC, TFRN, UNECE, IPPC) we work on a rapid implementation of our research results.
The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim is a European centre of agricultural engineering research at the nexus between biological and technical systems. We are developing highly innovative and efficient technologies for the use of natural resources in agricultural production systems - from basic research to application. Technology assessment is applied to make sure that the developed solutions are profitable for users and manufacturers and correspond at the same time with the demands for environment protection, animal welfare and last but not least consumer protection along the whole value added chain. We primarily work in interdisciplinary research networks that aim at the development of system solutions for region specific sustainable intensification concepts.