PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. Björn Kuhla

+49 38208 68-693
Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Nutritional Physiology "Oskar Kellner"
Metabolism Efficiency Unit
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Neuronal and metabolic control of feed intake
  • Links between feed efficiency, diet and methane production
  • Metabolic adaptation to environmental heat

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2013-present: Director of 'Fuel Sensing Unit', Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Institute of Nutritional Physiology "Oskar Kellner"
  • 2009-2012: Leader of Junior Research Group „Feed Intake Regulation“, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • 2006-present: Scientist at the Institute of Nutritional Physiology “Oskar Kellner”, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • Habilitation and venia legendi in Biochemistry
  • Post Doc at the Agricultural Research Centre of the Bayer AG Monheim, University of Leipzig, and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
  • Diploma and Doctoral Degree in Chemistry
  • Secondary education and apprenticeship for animal production


  • Anatomic-Physiological Basics and Methods in Animal Nutrition
  • Metabolism and performance physiology
  • Practical Course “Isolation of RNA from plant leaves”


Kuhla, B.; Kaever, V.; Tuchscherer, A; Kuhla, A. (2020):
Involvement of plasma endocannabinoids and the hypothalamic endocannabinoid system in increasing feed intake after parturition of dairy cows. Neuroendocrinology 110 (3-4): 246-257
Kuhla, B. (2020):
Pro-inflammatory cytokines and hypothalamic inflammation – implications for insufficient feed intake of transition dairy cows. Animal 14 (S1): s65-s77
Rasch, I.; Görs, S.; Tuchscherer, A; Viegutz, T.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2020):
Substitution of dietary sulfur amino acids by DL-2-hydroxy-4-methylthiobutyric acid reduces fractional glutathione synthesis in weaned piglets. J Nutr 150 (4): 722-729
Danesh-Mesgaran, S.; Eggert, A.; Höckels, P.; Derno, M.; Kuhla, B. (2020):
The use of milk Fourier transform mid-infrared spectra and milk yield to estimate heat production as a measure of efficiency of dairy cows. J Anim Sci Biotechno 11: 43, 1-9
Tümmler, L.-M.; Derno, M.; Röttgen, V.; Vernunft, A.; Tuchscherer, A; Wolf, P.; Kuhla, B. (2020):
Effects of 2 colostrum and subsequent milk replacer feeding intensities on methane production, rumen development, and performance in young calves. J Dairy Sci 103 (7): 6054-6069
Eslamizad, M.; Albrecht, D.; Kuhla, B. (2020):
The effect of chronic, mild heat stress on metabolic changes of nutrition and adaptations in rumen papillae of lactating dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 103 (9): 8601-8614
Engelke, S. W.; Daş, G.; Derno, M.; Tuchscherer, A; Wimmers, K.; Rychlik, M.; Kienberger, H.; Berg, W.; Kuhla, B.; Metges, C. C. (2019):
Methane prediction based on individual or groups of milk fatty acids for dairy cows fed rations with or without linseed. J Dairy Sci 102 (2): 1788-1802
Erdmann, S.; Derno, M.; Schäff, C.; Börner, S.; Kautzsch, U.; Kuhla, B.; Hammon, H. M.; Tuchscherer, A; Röntgen, M. (2019):
Comparative analyses of estimated and calorimetrically determined energy balance in high-yielding dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 102 (5): 4002-4013
Rasch, I.; Görs, S.; Tuchscherer, A; Htoo, J.; Kuhla, B.; Metges, C. C. (2019):
Substitution of dietary sulfur amino acids by DL-2-hydroxy-4-methylthiobutyric acid increases remethylation and decreases transsulfuration in weaned piglets. J Nutr 149 (3): 432-440
Koch, F.; Thom, U.; Albrecht, E.; Weikard, R.; Nolte, W.; Kuhla, B.; Kühn, Ch. (2019):
Heat stress directly impairs gut integrity and recruits distinct immune cell populations into the bovine intestine. P Natl Acad Sci USA 116 (21): 10333-10338
Derno, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Kuhla, B. (2019):
Characterizing the metabotype and its persistency in lactating Holstein cows: an approach toward metabolic efficiency measures. J Dairy Sci 102 (7): 6559-6570
Urh, C.; Denißen, J.; Harder, I.; Koch, C.; Gerster, E.; Ettle, T.; Kraus, N.; Schmitz, R.; Kuhla, B.; Stamer, E.; Spiekers, H.; Sauerwein, H. (2019):
Circulating adiponectin concentrations during the transition from pregnancy to lactation in high-yielding dairy cows: testing the effects of farm, parity, and dietary energy level in large animal numbers. DOMEST ANIM ENDOCRIN 69: 1-12
Garnsworthy, P.; Difford, G. F.; Bell, M.; Bayat, A. R.; Huhtanen, P.; Kuhla, B.; Lassen, J.; Peiren, N.; Pszczola, M; Sorg, D.; Visker, M.; Yan, T (2019):
Comparison of methods to measure methane for use in genetic evaluation of dairy cattle. Animals-Basel 9 (10): 837, 1-12
Erdmann, S.; Mohr, E.; Derno, M.; Tuchscherer, A; Schäff, C.; Börner, S.; Kautzsch, U.; Kuhla, B.; Hammon, H. M.; Röntgen, M. (2018):
Indices of heart rate variability as potential early markers of metabolic stress and compromised regulatory capacity in dried-off high-yielding dairy cows. Animal 12 (7): 1451-1461
Kuhla, B.; Ingvartsen, K. (2018):
Proteomics and the characterization of fatty liver metabolism in early lactation dairy cows. In: Proteomics in domestic animals: from farm to systems biology (A.M. de Almeida, D. Eckersall, I. Miller, Hrsg.) Springer, Cham (ISBN 978-3-319-69681-2, 978-3-
Niu, M.; Kebreab, E.; Hristov, A. N.; Oh, J.; Arndt, C.; Bannink, A.; Bayat, A. R.; Brito, A. F.; Boland, T.; Casper, D.; ..., ; Kuhla, B.; ..., (2018):
Prediction of enteric methane production, yield, and intensity in dairy cattle using an intercontinental database. Global Change Biol 24 (8): 3368-3389
Lyons, T.; Bielak, A.; Doyle, E.; Kuhla, B. (2018):
Variations in methane yield and microbial community profiles in the rumen of dairy cows as they pass through stages of first lactation. J Dairy Sci 101 (6): 5102-5114
Lamp, O.; Reyer, H.; Otten, W.; Nürnberg, G.; Derno, M.; Wimmers, K.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2018):
Intravenous lipid infusion affects dry matter intake, methane yield, and rumen bacteria structure in late-lactating Holstein cows. J Dairy Sci 101 (7): 6032-6046
Gerrits, W. J. J.; Labussière, E; Dijkstra, J.; Reynolds, C.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B.; Lund, M.; Weisbjerg, R. (2018):
Recovery test results as a prerequisite for publication of gaseous exchange measurements. Animal 12 (1): 4
Hristov, A. N.; Kebreab, E.; Niu, M.; Oh, J; Bannink, A.; Bayat, A. R.; Boland, T.; Brito, A. F.; Casper, D.; Crompton, L; Dijkstra, J.; Eugene, M.; Garnsworthy, P. C.; Haque, N; Hellwing, A.; Huhtanen, P.; Kreuzer, M.; Kuhla, B.; Lund, M.; Madsen, J; Martin, Z.; Moate, P.; Muetzel, S.; Munoz, J.; Peiren, N.; Powell, D.; Reynolds, C.; Schwarm, A.; Shingfield, K.; Storlien, T.; Weisbjerg, R.; Yáñez-Ruiz, D.; Yu, Z. (2018):
Symposium review: Uncertainties in enteric methane inventories, measurement techniques, and prediction models. J Dairy Sci 101 (7): 6655-6674