PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. Björn Kuhla

Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Head of working group Nutritional Biochemistry
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

Teaching

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

Publications

Pethani, K. B.; Geick, T.; Kuhla, B. (2024):
A pilot study to capture methane from the exhausted air of dairy cows using a cryogenic approach.
Journal of Environmental Management 356: 120588, 1-8
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2024.120588
Koch, F.; Reyer, H.; Görs, S.; Hansen, C.; Wimmers, K.; Kuhla, B. (2024):
Heat stress and feeding effects on the mucosa-associated and digesta microbiome and their relationship to plasma and digesta fluid metabolites in the jejunum of dairy cows [epublished ahead of print].
Journal of dairy science
https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2023-24242
Eslamizad, M.; Albrecht, D.; Kuhla, B.; Koch, F. (2024):
Cellular and mitochondrial adaptation mechanisms in the colon of lactating dairy cows during hyperthermia.
Journal of Dairy Science 107 (5): 3292-3305
https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2023-24004
Prahl, M. C.; Müller, C. B. M.; Wimmers, K.; Kuhla, B. (2023):
Mammary gland, kidney and rumen urea and uric acid transporters of dairy cows differing in milk urea concentration. Sci Rep-UK 13: 17231, 1-12
Brenmoehl, J.; Brosig, E.; Trakooljul, N.; Walz, C.; Ohde, D.; Noce, A.; Walz, M.; Langhammer, M.; Petkov, S.; Röntgen, M.; Maak, S.; Galuska, C. E.; Fuchs, B.; Kuhla, B.; Ponsuksili, S.; Wimmers, K.; Hoeflich, A. (2023):
Metabolic Pathway Modeling in Muscle of Male Marathon Mice (DUhTP) and Controls (DUC) - a Possible Role of Lactate Dehydrogenase in Metabolic Flexibility. Cells-Basel 12 (15): 1925, 1-21
Schwerdtfeger, J.; Sauerwein, H.; Albrecht, E.; Mazzuoli-Weber, G.; von Soosten, D.; Dänicke, S.; Kuhla, B. (2023):
The effect of N-arachidonoylethanolamide administration on energy and fat metabolism of early lactating dairy cows. Sci Rep-UK 13: 14665, 1-20
Röttgen, V.; Tümmler, L.-M.; Koczan, D.; Rebl, A.; Kuhla, B.; Vanselow, J.; Baufeld, A. (2023):
Early milk-feeding regimes in calves exert long-term effects on the development of ovarian granulosa cells. BMC Genomics 24: 485, 1-13
Okon, P.; Bachmann, M.; Wesch-Dorendorf, M.; Kuhnitzsch, C.; Martens, H.; Greef, J. M.; Steinhöfel, O; Kuhla, B.; Zeyner, A. (2023):
In vitro and in vivo analyses of the nutritive value of native and ensiled partial crop field peas. Anim Feed Sci Tech 304: 115723, 1-8
Honerlagen, H.; Reyer, H.; Abousoliman, I.; Segelke, D.; Ponsuksili, S.; Trakooljul, N.; Reinsch, N.; Kuhla, B.; Wimmers, K. (2023):
Microbial signature inferred from genomic breeding selection on milk urea concentration and its relation to proxies of nitrogen-utilization efficiency in Holsteins. J Dairy Sci 106 (7): 4682-4697
Schwerdtfeger, J.; Krause, A.; Kalbe, C.; Mazzuoli-Weber, G.; Eggert, A.; Puppe, B.; Kuhla, B.; Röttgen, V. (2023):
Endocannabinoid administration affects taste preference and the expression of cannabinoid and opioid receptors in the amygdala of early lactating cows. Sci Rep-UK 13: 4967, 1-13
Kennedy, K. M.; Kuhla, B. (2023):
Influence of lactation stage on heat production and macronutrient oxidation in dairy cows during a 24-hour fasting period. J Dairy Sci 106 (4): 2933-2947
Liermann, W.; Tümmler, L.-M.; Kuhla, B.; Viergutz, T.; Hammon, H. M. (2023):
Effects of rumen cannulation combined with different pre-weaning feeding intensities on the intestinal splenic thymic immune system in heifer calves several month after surgery. Front Immunol 11: 1160935, 1-14
Koch, F.; Otten, W.; Sauerwein, H.; Reyer, H.; Kuhla, B. (2023):
Mild heat stress-induced adaptive immune response in blood mononuclear cells and leukocytes from mesenteric lymph nodes of primiparous lactating Holstein cows. J Dairy Sci 106 (4): 3008-3022
Kuhla, B.; Viereck, G. (2023):
Die Methanemissionen von Nutztieren in Deutschland Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts und heute im Vergleich. Berichte über Landwirtschaft 101: 1-21
Honerlagen, H.; Reyer, H.; Segelke, D.; Müller, C. B. M.; Prahl, M. C.; 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. C.; 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