Our overall aim is to contribute to an optimized use of natural but also socio-economic resources in livestock-based land use systems of the Tropics and Subtropics. In view of this, our research concentrates on:

  • optimal and as close as possible integration of livestock and crop husbandry for efficient utilization of resources, especially nutrients from feedstuffs and animal excreta, in rural as well as in peri-/urban agricultural system,

  • spatially and temporally explicit rangeland and livestock management, particularly in communal grazing systems that concomitantly and lastingly assures the interwoven productivities of pastures and herds,

  • elaboration and fine-tuning of non-invasive field methods for a spatio-temporally explicit quantification of landscape and vegetation utilization, feed intake, energy and nutrient metabolism and nutrient relocation of (free ranging) livestock.

Here you find an overview of our current and previous research projects.