The Institute of Animal Nutrition investigates animal nutrition in six main research areas. The main emphasis is on the digestive physiology of animals, the effect of feed additives on the growth and health of animals, as well as the hitherto little explored field of nutrition effects on the immune system of domestic animals.
The role of intestinal bacteria is investigated in the field of gastrointestinal microbiology using molecular methods. Possible alternatives to the use of antibiotics in food are explored in the groups working on pro-and prebiotics.
The “Dahlemer Diätikseminare” is a series the Institute offers on animal nutrition in practice. Owners of pets and livestock owners can get advice about animal nutrition.