USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., in which the researchers found evidence of a new tool to reduce ammonia emission from broiler litter. The research project is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, The project summary is as follows.

Project #687: Effects of Nitrocompounds to Minimize Ammonia Emission in Broiler Litter


Dr. Woo Kim and Dr. Casey Ritz at the University of Georgia’s Department of Poultry Science evaluated the addition of nitrocompounds to broiler diets to minimize the emission of ammonia from the broiler litter. They found that adding nitroethanol or nitropropanol into broiler diets influences the degradation of uric acid to ammonia and does not have negative effects on broiler performance. The observed effects on ammonia emission may be due to the inhibition of uric acid-utilizing bacteria in the poultry manure by the nitrocompounds.

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