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Institute of Epidemiology (IfE)

Development of future oriented concepts for agricultural construction with wood - from planning to dismantling


Duration: 01.03.2020 – 31.12.2023

Funding: Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V. (FNR)





The Institute of Epidemiology of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute is investigating hygiene aspects of common wood types in the field of agricultural construction, considering the inactivability of viral animal pathogens.

Abbildung: Projekt in Arbeitspaketen (Ressourceneffizientes Bauen, RU Bochum, 2020)


Research objective: The Project “Development of future oriented concepts for agricultural construction with wood - from planning to dismantling” pursues the objective of increasing the proportion of wood in agricultural construction in the future, considering technical issues.

Methods: The hygienic evaluation of wood as a building material is examined by microbiological investigations of common construction timbers. Disinfection measures of animal disease control are tested with regard to exemplary viral animal disease pathogens or their surrogates in the laboratories of the respective required safety level at the FLI.

Result: A planning guideline will be developed "Agricultural building with wood in the 21st century" is to include current issues - climate protection, animal welfare, regional value creation, durability, resource efficiency and economic viability as cross-sectional fields.

Involved IfE scientists:

Martin Oettler (Doktorand)
PD Dr. Nicolai Denzin
Prof. Dr. Franz J. Conraths

Project coordination:
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Project partner:
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) Link: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de
TU München (TUM) Link: https://www.tum.de
Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft (LfL) Link: https://www.lfl.bayern.de
Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) Link: https://www.fu-berlin.de