Areas of Research


  • The application of alternative protein sources
  • Dual-purpose chicken breeds
  • Alternatives to piglet castration without anaesthetization
  • Methods for physico-chemical quality assessment
  • Quantitative modelling of quality characteristics
  • Consumer behaviour and acceptance
  • Sensory perception
  • Biomarkers for quality assurance

  • Current Research Projects


    • Investigations on meat quality parameters of the poultry genetics Lohmann Dual within the scope of the joint project "Integrierter Geflügelhof" (funded by Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung und die Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank (BLE)

    • Studies on the exemplary implementation of sustainable boar fattening at the agricultural, slaughter and processing stages in organic farming. (Funded by the Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung im Rahmen des Bundesprogramm Ökologischer Landbau und andere Formen nachhaltiger Landwirtschaft)

    • ‘Sustainability Transitions‘ in food production: alternative protein sources in socio-technical perspective (funded by Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur (MWK), Lower Saxony) http://www.uni-goettingen.de/sustrans


    Completed Research Projects


    • Consumer acceptance in EU and 3rd countries of meat from non-surgically castrated male pigs. (CAMPIG, EU-Projekt)

    • Strategies to avoid odour deviations in the fattening of uncastrated male pigs. (STRAT-E-GER, funded by the Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung)

    • Changes in aerobic and anaerobic energy metabolism during early post-mortem meat formation in pigs with particular attention to mitochondrial F0F1-ATPase and mitochondrial treason. (funded by DFG)

    • Modulation of gene expression and differentiation of muscle cells during in ovo development of broilers by variation in incubation temperature. (funded by DFG)

    • Limits to the natural water/protein ratio in the breast meat of chickens of different genotypes and production methods. (Emsland Frischgeflügel GmbH, in cooperation with Prof. Branscheid, MRI Kulmbach)

    • Risk assessment for castration renunciation. (funded by the Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH)

    • Development of a muscle-specific ultrasound backscattering model to improve the non-destructive determination of pork quality. (funded by DFG)

    • Influence of endogenous factors on the colour variability and stability of poultry meat. (FAEN-2; funded by the Volkswagen-Stiftung, Lower Saxony)

    • Structural-functional investigations of the skeletal muscle tissue with regard to the quality characteristic water binding capacity. (larger research cooperation; funded by DFG)

    • Derivation of acoustic parameters for subsequent estimation of the IMF in pigs from ultrasound echo signals with the Ultrafom 300. (funded by BMWi / ProInno)