Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) studies the functional biodiversity of livestock as a basis for domestication and as a key component of sustainable agriculture and food supply. The strategic importance of its research mandate arises primarily from the irreversible process of domestication and the need for people to play an active role in shaping it in order to cope with altered conditions.
Farm animals harbour great potential when it comes to meeting the growing global demand for quality foods of animal origin. It is thus vital that the biodiversity of farm animals be studied under changing husbandry and production conditions. This enables this biological resource to be managed, produced and used in a sustainable manner. The differing adaptation strategies farm animals have developed in order to cope with similar conditions in the course of their evolution are investigated in an effort to understand the genetic and physiological aspects of functional biodiversity and to implement the findings in sustainable breeding and husbandry strategies.