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”


Engelke, S. W.; Daş, G.; Derno, M.; Tuchscherer, A.; Berg, W.; Kuhla, B.; Metges, C. C. (2018):
Milk fatty acids estimated by mid-infrared spectroscopy and milk yield can predict methane emissions in dairy cows. Agron Sustain Dev 38 (3): 27, 1-9
Spiekers, H.; Ettle, T.; Jilg, T.; Kuhla, B.; Mohr, U.; Pries, M. (2018):
Grobfutterleistung von Milchkühen und Futterertrag - Auswertung der Versuchsdaten des Verbundprojekts optiKuh. In: Kongressband 2018 Münster : Vorträge zum Generalthema: Digitalisierung in Landwirtschaft, Versuchs- und Untersuchungswesen - Anforderungen und Auswirkungen (VDLUFA-Schriftenreihe , 75) VDLUFA-Verlag, Darmstadt (ISBN 978-3-941273-25-2): 334-341
Sorg, D.; Difford, G. F.; Mühlbach, S.; Kuhla, B.; Swalve, H. H.; Lassen, J.; Strabel, T.; Pszczola, M. (2018):
Comparison of a laser methane detector with the GreenFeed and two breath analysers for on-farm measurements of methane emissions from dairy cows. Comput Electron Agr 153: 285-294
Weber, F. M.; Schäff, C. T.; Kautzsch, U.; Börner, S.; Erdmann, S.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Röntgen, M.; Kuhla, B.; Hammon, H. M. (2017):
Variable liver fat concentration as a proxy of body fat mobilization postpartum has minor effects on the insulin induced changes of hepatic gene expression related to energy metabolism in dairy cows. J Dairy Sci 100 (2): 1507-1520
Kuhla, B. (2017):
Metabolic adaptation to ambient heat and feeding strategies mitigating heat stress in dairy cows. In: Klimawandel und Nutztiere: eine wechselseitige Beeinflussung (ETH-Schriftenreihe zur Tierernährung , 40) ETH, Zürich (978-3-906-466-40-X): 58-60
Weitzel, J. M.; Viergutz, T.; Albrecht, D.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Schmicke, M.; Tuchscherer, A.; Koch, F.; Kuhla, B. (2017):
Hepatic thyroid signaling of heat-stressed late pregnant and early lactating cows. J Endocrinol 234 (2): 129-141
Rischewski, J.; Bielak, A.; Nürnberg, G.; Derno, M.; Kuhla, B. (2017):
Rapid communication: Ranking dairy cows for methane emissions measured using respiration chamber or GreenFeed techniques during early, peak, and late lactation. J Anim Sci 95 (7): 3154-3159
Aguinaga Casañas, M.; Schäff, C. T.; Albrecht, E.; Hammon, H. M.; Kuhla, B.; Röntgen, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Mielenz, M. (2017):
Short communication: Free fatty acid receptors FFAR1 and FFAR2 during the peripartal period in liver of dairy cows grouped by their postpartum plasma beta-hydroxybutyrate concentrations. J Dairy Sci 100 (4): 3287-3292
Sorg, D.; Mühlbach, S.; Rosner, F.; Kuhla, B.; Derno, M.; Meese, S.; Schwarm, A.; Kreuzer, M.; Swalve, H. H. (2017):
The agreement between two next-generation laser methane detectors and respiration chamber facilities in recording methane concentrations in the spent air produced by dairy cows. Comput Electron Agr 143: 262-272
Gerrits, W. J. J.; Labussière, E.; Dijkstra, J.; Reynolds, C.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B.; Lund, M. S.; Weisbjerg, M. (2017):
Letter to the Editor: Recovery test results as a prerequisite for publication of gaseous exchange measurements. J Anim Sci 95 (12): 5175-5175
Bielak, A.; Derno, M.; Tuchscherer, A.; Hammon, H. M.; Susenbeth, A.; Kuhla, B. (2016):
Body fat mobilization in early lactation influences methane production of dairy cows. Sci Rep-UK 6: 28135, 1-13
Kuhla, B.; Metges, C. C.; Hammon, H. M. (2016):
Endogenous and dietary lipids influencing feed intake and energy metabolism of periparturient dairy cows. DOMEST ANIM ENDOCRIN 56 (Suppl.): S2-S10
Koch, F.; Lamp, O.; Eslamizad, M.; Weitzel, J. M.; Kuhla, B. (2016):
Metabolic response to heat stress in late-pregnant and early lactation dairy cows: implications to liver-muscle crosstalk. Plos One 11 (8): e0160912, 1-19
Friedrichs, P.; Sauerwein, H.; Huber, K.; Locher, L. F.; Rehage, J.; Meyer, U.; Dänicke, S.; Kuhla, B.; Mielenz, M. (2016):
Expression of metabolic sensing receptors in adipose tissues of periparturient dairy cows with differing extent of negative energy balance. Animal 10 (4): 623-632
Lamp, O.; Derno, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B. (2016):
Intravenous lipid infusion affects methane production apart from reducing dry matter intake in late lactation German Holstein cows. In: Energy and Protein metabolism and nutrition : 5th EAAP International Symposium, Krakow, Poland, 12-15 September 2016 (EAAP Publication , 137) (Jacek Skomial, Helene Lapierre, Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen (978-90-8686-286-3): 255-256
Koch, F.; Lamp, O.; Kuhla, B. (2016):
Heat stress involves activation of pAMPK and FOXO3 regulating glycolysis and proteolysis in the skeletal muscle of dairy cows. In: Energy and protein metabolism and nutrition : 5th EAAP International Symposium, Krakow, Poland, 12-15 September 2016 (EAAP Publication , 137) (Jacek Skomial, Helene Lapierre, Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen (978-90-8686-286-3): 99-100
Görs, S.; Kuhla, B.; Krattenmacher, N.; Thaller, G.; Metges, C. C. (2016):
Analytical refinements of the methane indicator archaeol in bovine feces, rumen fluid and feedstuffs. J Dairy Sci 99 (11): 9313-9318
de Haas, Y.; Garnsworthy, P. C.; Kuhla, B.; Negussie, E.; Pszczola, M.; Wall, E.; Lassen, J. (2016):
Genetic control of greenhouse gas emissions. Advances in Animal Biosciences 7 (2): 196-199
Vanselow, J.; Vernunft, A.; Koczan, D.; Spitschak, M.; Kuhla, B. (2016):
Exposure of lactating dairy cows to acute pre-ovulatory heat stress affects granulosa cell-specific gene expression profiles in dominant follicles. Plos One 11 (8): e0160600, 1-19
Weber, F. M.; Schäff, C. T.; Kautzsch, U.; Börner, S.; Erdmann, S.; Görs, S.; Röntgen, M.; Sauerwein, H.; Bruckmaier, R. M.; Metges, C. C.; Kuhla, B.; Hammon, H. M. (2016):
Insulin-dependent glucose metabolism in dairy cows with variable fat mobilization around calving. J Dairy Sci 99 (8): 6665-6679