New addition to AFBI’s Pig and Poultry Research Team

Date published: 11 August 2020

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Dr Christina Mulvenna has recently joined AFBI’s pig and poultry research team as a post-doctoral research scientist.

Christina obtained both an MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. Her PhD focused on the use of remote sensing technologies such as accelerometers and GPS technology to monitor the behaviour and estimate energy expenditure of livestock.

Having initially joined AFBI on a short term contract in September 2019, she has worked with both the pig, poultry and beef teams.

Going forward Christina will be directly involved in an EU funded project focused on reducing the excretion of phosphorus from pigs and poultry (PeGaSus) and a DAERA funded project focused on reducing ammonia emissions.  These projects will involve addressing the sustainability and efficiency of phosphorous use in broilers and pigs, and monitoring ammonia (NH3) emissions from commercial broiler and pig houses, respectively.

AFBI is looking forward to Christina being a key member of the livestock research team at Hillsborough and she will be working closely with industry and CAFRE on important research projects alongside Dr Elizabeth Ball (AFBI’s Senior Pig and Poultry Scientist), and Dr Ramon Muns (AFBI’s Head of Pig and Poultry Research).

Notes to editors: 

AFBI is an arms-length body of DAERA delivering research and development, diagnostic and analytical testing, emergency response capability and expert scientific advice for DAERA and other government departments, public bodies and commercial companies in Northern Ireland, and further afield.

AFBI’s Vision is “Advancing the Local and Global Agri-Food Sectors Through Scientific Excellence”.

AFBI’s core areas:

  • Leading improvements in the agri-food industry;
  • Protecting animal, plant and human health;
  • Enhancing the natural and marine environment.


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