PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. Björn Kuhla

+49 38208 68-693
Research 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”


Grzeskowiak, L.; Saliu, E.-M.; Martínez-Vallespin, B.; Aschenbach, J. R.; Brockmann, G. A.; Fulde, M.; Hartmann, S.; Kuhla, B.; Lucius, R.; Metges, C. C.; Rothkötter, H.-J.; Vahjen, W.; Wessels, A. G.; Zentek, J. (2023):
Dietary fiber and its role in performance, welfare, and health of pigs [epublished ehead of print]. ANIM HEALTH RES REV
Honerlagen, H.; Reyer, H.; Segelke, D.; Müller, C. B. M.; Prahl, M.; Ponsuksili, S.; Trakooljul, N.; Reinsch, N.; Kuhla, B.; Wimmers, K. (2022):
Ruminal background of predisposed milk urea (MU) concentration in Holsteins. Front microbiol 13: 939711, 1-18
Prahl, M.; Müller, C. B. M.; Albrecht, D.; Koch, F.; Wimmers, K.; Kuhla, B. (2022):
Hepatic urea, creatinine and uric acid metabolism in dairy cows with divergent milk urea concentrations. Sci Rep-UK 12: 17593, 1-14
Ali, A.; Jacinto, J.; Münchmyer, W.; Walte, A.; Kuhla, B.; Gentile, A.; Abdu, M.; Kamel, M.; Ghallab, A. (2022):
Study on the Discrimination of Possible Error Sources That Might Affect the Quality of Volatile Organic Compounds Signature in Dairy Cattle Using an Electronic Nose. VET SCI 9 (9): 461, 1-11
Bougouin, A.; Hristov, A. N.; Dijkstra, J.; Aguerre, M.; Ahvenjärvi, S.; Arndt, C.; Bannink, A.; Bayat, A. R.; Benchaar, C.; Boland, T.; Brown, J.; Crompton, L.; Dehareng, F.; Dufrasne, I.; Eugène, M.; Froidmont, E.; van Gastelen, S.; Garnsworthy, P.; Halmemies-Beauchet-Filleau, A.; Herremans, S.; Huhtanen, P.; Johansen, M.; Kidane, A.; Kreuzer, M.; Kuhla, B.; Lissire, F.; Lund, P.; Minnée, E.; Muñoz, C.; Niu, M.; Noziére, P.; Pacheco, D.; Prestløkken, E.; Reynolds, C.; Schwarm, A.; Spek, J.; Terraanova, M.; Vanhatalo, A.; Wattiaux, M.; Weisbjerg, M.; Yáñez-Ruiz, D.; Yu, Z.; Kebreab, E. (2022):
Prediction of nitrogen excretion from data on dairy cows fed a wide range of diets compiled in an intercontinental database: A meta-analysis. J Dairy Sci 105 (9): 7462-7481
Kuhla, B.; Viereck, G. (2022):
Enteric methane emission factors, total emissions and intensities from Germany's livestock in the late 19th century: A comparison with the today's emission rates and intensities. Sci Total Environ 848: 157754, 1-8
Kuhla, B.; Dewhurst, R.; Dijkstra, J.; Ferguson, H.; Humphries, D.; Kennedy, E.; Lund, P.; Martin, C.; Munksgaard, L.; O`Donovan, M.; Reynolds, C.; Terré, M.; Veissier, I.; Baumont, R. (2022):
Opinion paper: How can we achieve standards and common guidelines for experimental studies with cattle?. Animal 16 (7): 100563, 1-3
Negussie, E.; Gonzalez-Recio, O.; Battagin, M.; Bayat, A. R.; Boland, T.; de Haas, Y.; Garcia-Rodriguez, A.; Garnsworthy, P.; Gengler, N.; Kreuzer, M.; Kuhla, B.; Lassen, J.; Peiren, N.; Pszczola, M; Schwarm, A.; Soyeurt, H.; Vanlierde, A.; Yan, T; Biscarini, F. (2022):
Integrating heterogeneous across-country data for proxy-based random forest prediction of enteric methane in dairy cattle. J Dairy Sci 105 (6): 5124-5140
Kuhla, B.; van Ackern, I. (2022):
Effects of intracerebroventricular anandamide administration on feed intake and milk yield of dairy cows. JDS Communications 3 (2): 138-141
vanAckern, I.; Wulf, A.; Dannenberger, D.; Tuchscherer, A.; Kuhla, B. (2021):
Effects of endocannabinoids on feed intake, stress response and whole‑body energy metabolism in dairy cows. Sci Rep-UK 11: 23657, 1-12
vanAckern, I.; Kuhla, A.; Kuhla, B. (2021):
A Role for Peripheral Anandamide and 2-Arachidonoylglycerol in Short-Term Food Intake and Orexigenic Hypothalamic Responses in a Species with Continuous Nutrient Delivery. Nutrients 13 (10): 3587, 1-16
Tümmler, L.-M.; Derno, M.; Tuchscherer, A.; Kanitz, E.; Kuhla, B. (2021):
Effects of 2 liquid feeding rates over the first 3 months of life on whole-body energy metabolism and energy use efficiency of dairy calves up to 5 months. J Dairy Sci 104 (9): 10399-10414
Honerlagen, H.; Reyer, H.; Oster, M.; Ponsuksili, S.; Trakooljul, N.; Kuhla, B.; Reinsch, N.; Wimmers, K. (2021):
Identification of Genomic Regions Influencing N-Metabolism and N-Excretion in Lactating Holstein- Friesians. Front Genet 12: 699550, 1-12
Kuhla, B. (2021):
Durch Fütterung Emissionen reduzieren. B&B Agrar Juli: 1-4
Koch, F.; Derno, M.; Langhammer, M.; Tuchscherer, A.; Hammon, H. M.; Mielenz, M.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2021):
A high-protein diet containing inulin/oligofructose supports body weight gain associated with lower energy expenditure and carbohydrate oxidation, and alters faecal microbiota in C57BL/6 mice. J NUTR SCI 10: e50, 1-10
Kennedy, K. M.; Becker, F.; Hammon, H. M.; Kuhla, B. (2021):
Differences in net fat oxidation, heat production and liver mitochondrial DNA copy number between high and low feed efficient dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 104 (8): 9287-9303
Müller, C. B. M.; Kuhla, B. (2021):
Holstein dairy cows with high phosphorus utilization efficiency fed a low phosphorous diet secreted less phosphorus with urine but more with milk and feces. Sci Total Environ 788: 147813, 1-10
Koch, F.; Albrecht, D.; Görs, S.; Kuhla, B. (2021):
Jejunal mucosa proteomics unravel metabolic adaptive processes to mild chronic heat stress in dairy cows. Sci Rep-UK 11: 12484, 1-12
Vanlierde, A.; Dehareng, F.; Gengler, N.; Froidmont, E.; McParland, S.; Kreuzer, M.; Bell, M.; Lund, P.; Martin, C.; Kuhla, B.; Soyeurt, H. (2021):
Improving robustness and accuracy of predicted daily methane emissions of dairy cows using milk mid-infrared spectra. J Sci Food Agr 101 (8): 3394-3403
Danesh Mesgaran, S.; Munksgaard, L.; Baumont, R.; Kuhla, B.; Humphries, D. (2021):
Sadjad Danesh Mesgaran, René Baumont, Lene Munksgaard, David Humphries, Emer Kennedy, Jan Dijkstra, Richard Dewhurst, Holly Ferguson, Marta Terré and Björn Kuhla. In: Methods in cattle physiology and behaviour research - Recommendations from the SmartCow consortium (Rumination activity , Hrsg.) Publisso, Cologne: 1-4