The 2nd International Conference on Pollution Control and Resource Recovery for the Livestock Sector takes place in NUI Galway next month, providing a forum to present, discuss and develop innovative technologies and practices for managing livestock waste and recovering resources

Economic development, population growth and demand for a better quality of living have resulted in the growth of the livestock sector. As a by-product of the sectors activities, a large volume of waste is generated, which makes the livestock sector one of the largest agricultural pollution sources in most developing and developed countries.

In addition to the waste generated, the livestock sector is a major contributor to climate change as a result of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from rumen animals, on-farm activities and animal waste management. In order to alleviate the pollution from the sector, innovative technologies and practices for managing livestock waste and emissions are being developed worldwide.

Ryan Institute LivestockWaste

Ryan Institute

From the 10 to 12 August 2016, the Ryan Institute (National University of Ireland, Galway) will host the 2nd International Conference on Pollution Control and Resource Recovery for the Livestock Sector (LivestockWaste2016). This international conference will provide a forum for researchers and industry representatives to present, discuss and develop their innovative technologies and practices for managing livestock waste and recovering resources.

Additionally, it will facilitate the introduction of many innovative international solutions to representatives of the Irish livestock sector and engineering industry with the aim of improving practices in Ireland.

A number of international experts have been invited to give keynote speeches throughout the three day conference on a number of topics. Each expert will present for 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of an open Q&A session where attendees are encourage to interact with the speaker. The international experts that have been invited to speak at LivestockWaste2016 are:

  • Prof Kornelia Smalla, The Julius Kühn Institute, Germany;
  • Dr Karl Richards, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle;
  • Prof Han-Qing Yu, University of Science & Technology of China;
  • Dr Jerry Murphy, University College Cork;
  • Prof Xia Huang, Tsinghua University, China;
  • Prof Dave Chadwick, Bangor University, North Wales, UK.

In addition, delegates from China, USA, Asia, Africa and Europe will deliver oral and poster presentations, over the three days, under a number of thematic areas, including but not limited to:

  • Pollution policies and regulations for the livestock sector;
  • Emerging contaminants in livestock waste streams;
  • Technologies for waste prevention;
  • Anaerobic digestion and composting;
  • Pollution control technologies;
  • GHG emissions;
  • Technologies for nutrient recovery;
  • Other relative technologies.

According to Engineers Ireland, this conference qualifies as a CPD activity, members can claim attendance as part of their CPD activities. Attendance at all three days of the conference counts as 19 hours’ CPD.

LivestockWaste2016 will take place in the Engineering Building at the National University of Ireland, Galway and is sponsored by Engineers Ireland, Teagasc, EPA, SFI, Ryan Institute and Fáilte Ireland. For further information, contact Prof Xinmin Zhan (, Dr William Finnegan ( or log onto:

Conference Programme (Provisional)

Dates: 10-12 August, 2016
Venue: the New Engineering Building, National University of Ireland, Galway


07:30 – 09:30 Registration
Tea/Coffee will be served from 8:00am

09:30 – 09:40 Opening speeches (Morning Session Chair: Prof Xinmin Zhan, NUI Galway, Ireland)
Dr James J. Browne, President of National University of Ireland, Galway
Representative of Teagasc – TBA
09:40 – 10:20 Keynote speech: Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Livestock waste
Prof Kornelia Smalla, The Julius Kühn Institute, Germany

11:00 – 11:35 Tea/Coffee break/photographing

11:35 – 12:55 Session 1: Emerging contaminants (Chair: Dr. Karl Richards, Teagasc, Ireland)
Distribution of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in anaerobic digestion and land application of swine wastewater
Qianwen Sui (Presented by: Prof Yuansong Wei & Ms. Rui WANG), Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dissemination of veterinary antibiotics and corresponding resistance genes from a concentrated swine feedlot along the waste treatment paths
Prof Zhimin Qiang, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Effect of red mud addition on tetracycline and copper resistance genes during the full scale swine manure composting
Ms. Rui WANG, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Study on the effects of chlortetracycline (CTC) on the co-composting of swine manure and sawdust
Ms. Yao Wang, Harbin Institute of Technology
Effects of typical veterinary drugs on anaerobic digestion and their degradation with sucrose as substrate
Mr. Zhenhu Hu, Hefei University of Technology

13:00 – 13:55 Lunch: Friars/Zinc

14:00 – 14:40 Keynote speech: Regulations and practice in EU on animal waste management
Dr. Karl Richards, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Ireland (Chair: Dr. Peadar Lawlor, Teagasc – to be confirmed)
14:40 – 16:00 Session 2: Policies & Regulations and Pollution Control Technologies
Incidental nutrient transfers: assessing critical times in agricultural catchments using high-resolution data
Dr. Mairead Shore, Teagasc
An Assessment of Pollution in Agricultural Soil and Pollution Abatement Alternatives for Livestock Waste
Prof Isil Balcioglu, Bogazici University
Using AERMOD and ArcGIS to Model Ammonia Emissions from Irish Broiler Houses
Mr. David Kelleghan, UCD School of Biosystems Engineering
Scientifically advanced woody media for improved water quality from livestock woodchip heavy-use areas
Dr. Laura Christianson, University of Illinois
Ammonia emissions from two naturally ventilated cattle buildings in Ireland
Dr. William Burchill, Teagasc
The use of ruminant animal manure for rural household economy in selected farming communities of the North West Province, South Africa
Prof Simeon Materechera, North-West University, South Africa

16:00 – 17:00 Tour of the University campus
17:00 Conference reception and BBQ on University campus


09:00 – 09:20 Speech (Morning Session Chair: Mr. Seamus Crickley, WEW Consulting Engineers, Ireland)
President of Engineers Ireland, Mr Dermot Byrne
09:20 – 10:00 Keynote speech: Biogas recovery from animal wastes
Prof Han-Qing Yu, University of Science & Technology of China
10:05 – 11:10 Session 3: Technologies for waste prevention 1 (Chair: Prof, Lvjun Chen, Tsinghua University, China; to be confirmed)
Advantages of Intermittently Aerated SBR over Conventional SBR on Nitrogen Removal for the Treatment of Digested Piggery Wastewater
Ms. Xiaoyan Song, Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University
A Comparative Study on Microbial Community in IASBR and SBR Treating Digested Piggery Wastewater
Ms. Xiaolin Sheng, Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Water Science and Technology
Use of IASBR to treat dairy processing wastewater: A laboratory scale study
Ms. Emma Tarpey, NUI Galway
Real-time control for nitrogen removal via nitrite in a sequencing membrane batch reactor for swine wastewater treatment
Ms. Meixue Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Challenge and proper application of traditional process (BSPs) in swine wastewaster treatment
Prof Weixiang Wu, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Zhejiang University

10:05 – 11:10 Session 4: Anaerobic digestion 1 (Chair: Mr. Seamus Crickley WEW Consulting Engineers, Ireland)
Effects of co-digestion of pig manure and food waste on digestate dewaterability
Mr. Conor Dennehy, NUI Galway
Effect of total solid content on dry anaerobic digestion of rice straw and pig urine
Dr. Shohei Riya, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
System stability and pathogen inactivation during dry co-digestion of food waste and pig manure
Ms. Yan Jiang, NUI Galway
Effects of hydraulic retention time of anaerobic co-digestion of pig slurry with agro-industrial waste on nitrous oxide emission after soil application
Mr. Quan Van Nguyen, University of Copenhagen

11:10 – 11:40 Poster presentations with tea/coffee

11:40 – 12:20 Keynote speech(Chair: Dr. Laura Christianson, University of Illinois, USA):
Dr. Jerry Murphy, University College Cork, Ireland
12:20 – 13:30 Session 5: Anaerobic digestion & Technologies for waste prevention (Chair: Dr. Laura Christianson, University of Illinois, USA)
Effect of Liquid Digestate Recirculation on Biogas Production of Anaerobic Digestion of Chicken Manure: Dynamics of Ammonium Accumulation and Modelling
Dr. Shubiao Wu, China Agricultural University
Discussion on Several Problems in Biogas Engineering Design of Livestock and Poultry Farms
Mr. Buqing Li, Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Enhanced high-solid anaerobic digestion of swine manure by thermal pre-treatment: a kinetic analysis
Prof. Jing Wu, Tsinghua university
Hydrogen sulphide concentrations in manure pits of dairy barns
Mr. Maikel Timmerman, Wageningen UR Livestock Research
Odour reducing microbial-mineral additive for poultry manure treatment
Mr. Kajetan Kalus & Dr. Sebastian Opalinski, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences

13:30 – 14:20 Lunch: Friars/Zinc

14:20 – 15:00 Keynote speech: Agricultural Wastewater treatment technologies (Chair: Prof Masaaki Hosomi, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology; To be confirmed)
Prof Xia Huang, Tsinghua University, China
15:00 – 16:10 Session 7: Technologies for waste prevention 2 (Chair: Prof Masaaki Hosomi, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology; To be confirmed)
Prediction of Temperature Spatio-Temporal Variation by Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation with Infrared Thermal Imager Verification in Sludge Bio-Drying Plant
Dr. Dawei Yu, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Adsorption of trimethoprim on activated carbon prepared from Alligator weed
Dr. Qiang Kong, Shandong Normal University, PR China
The speciation, leachability and bioaccessibility of Cu and Zn in animal manure-derived biochar: Effect of feedstock and pyrolysis temperature
Dr. Qi Lin, Zhejiang University
Filamentous fungi and iron-oxidizing bacteria can improve dewaterability of sludge
Ms. Jianru Liang, Nanjing Agricultural University
Enhancing Sludge Dewaterability by Filamentous Fungi: Degrading Slime Extracellular Polymeric Substances and Changing Sludge Particle Size
Dr. Guanyu Zheng, Nanjing Agricultural University

16:10 – 16:30 Poster presentations with tea/coffee

16:30 – 17:30 Session 8: Technologies for waste prevention 3 (Chair: (Chair: Dr. William Burchill, Teagasc, Ireland)
Evaluation of Manure management Practices and Nitrogen Levels on Soil Nitrogen and the performance of Maize in the Northern Guinea Savana of Nigeria
Dr. Joseph Tanimu, Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria.
Potential of endophytic bacteria for reducing PAH contamination in plants
Ms. Xuezhu Zhu, Nanjing Agricultural University
Improving the agro-environmental value of solid cattle manure by use of bedding additives
Dr. Ghulam Abbas Shah, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi
Kinetic investigation of laccase catalysed oxidation processes
Dr. Junhe Lu, Nanjing Agricultural University


09:00 – 09:40 Keynote speech: GHG emissions from animal waste management (Chair: Prof, Wenxiang Hua, Tsinghua University, China)
Prof Dave Chadwick, Bangor University, North Wales, UK
09:40 – 10:30 Session 9: GHG Emissions 1 (Chair: Dr. William Burchill)
Impact of Nitrapyrin, N-(N-Butyl)-Thiophosphoric Triamide (NBPT) and Dicyandiamide (DCD) on N2O and CH4 Emission from Cow Urine on a Tame Pasture
Dr. Xiying Hao, Lethbrdige Research and Development Centre
Emissions of Greenhouse Gases and Ammonia in Manure Management: Mitigation Opportunities and Interactions
Mr. Sajeev Erangu Purath Mohankumar, University of Graz
Pilot-scale Testing of Biochar for Swine Manure Treatment and Mitigation of Odorous VOCs, Ammonia, Hydrogen Sulphide and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Dr. Jacek Koziel, Iowa State University

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45 Session 10: GHG Emissions 2 (Chair: Prof. Donghui Wen, Peking University, China; To be confirmed)
Greenhouse Gas Emissions during Co-Composting of Cattle Feedlot Manure With Construction And Demolition (C&D) Waste
Dr. Xiying Hao, Lethbridge Research and Development Centre
Field Scale Measurement of Greenhouse gas emissions from land applied swine manure
Dr. Jacek Koziel, Iowa State University
Global warming potential associated with Irish milk powder production
Dr. William Finnegan, National University of Ireland, Galway

11:45 – 12:45 Session 11: Nutrient recovery (Chair: Prof Yuansong Wei, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Phosphorus management strategy from poultry manure using laboratory techniques
Dr. Matshwene Edwin Moshia, Tshwane University of Technology
Thermal treatment of wet chemical oxygen to treat livestock wastewater for utilizing phosphorus
Dr. Tao Zhang, China Agricultural University
Nutrient removal from secondary effluent using synthetic pyrrhotitite autotrophic denitrification biofilters
Ms. Yan Yang, National University of Ireland, Galway
Treatment of High Ammonium and Phosphorus Wastewater using Bipolar Membrane Electrodialysis
Mr. Lin Shi, National University of Ireland, Galway

12:45 – 13:15 Tea/Coffee break & Committee discussion
13:15 – 14:00 Closing ceremony
Best presentation prizes; closing speech given by Prof Xinmin Zhan

14:00 – 15:00 Lunch: Friars/Zinc

Poster Presentations:
Manure plume modelling in feedlot pen soils
Dr. Ana García, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Influence of ozone disinfection on nitrogen form transformation in swine wastewater
Dr. Feng WANG, Agro-environmental Protection Institute, Ministry of Agriculture
Fabrication of a modified electrode based on ZnSQDs/g-C3N4 /DNA nanocomposites: application to determination of pentachlorophenol and nonylphenol in water
Prof Jing Zou, Wuhan Institute of Technology
Using biological transformation as an effective way to the barn ammonia emission decrease and to the improvement of the farmyard manure quality
Dr. Oldrich Latal, Agrovyzkum Rapotin Ltd.
Use of hydrothermal carbonization methods for pathogen and microbially-derived DNA reduction in animal waste systems
Dr. Thomas Ducey, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture
Response of fluorescent products to the variation of influent Fe2+ concentration during the Anammox treatment process
Dr. Weihua Li, Anhui Jianzhu University
Effect of different dosage of Fe2+ for anaerobic fermentation of sewage sludge
Prof Xianhuai Huang, Anhui Jianzhu University
Ammonia emissions from cattle dung, urine, urine in combination with dicyandiamide and urea fertiliser formulations with/without N stabilisers on temperate grassland
Dr. William Burchill, Teagasc
Synthesis of nano-zeolite and its potential for nutrient removal from dairy wastewater
Mr. Fei Gao, Trinity College Dublin
Evaluation of the best conditions for phosphate release from pig manure through hydrolysis with anaerobic sludge
Ms. Walquiria Simplicio, NUI Galway
Effective primary composting of diary manure blended with poultry waste
Ms. Serap Karaca, Boğaziçi University
Isolation and identification of thermophilic bacterium strains for efficient dead-pig composting and its application
Prof Lumu Li, Anhui Agricultural University
Effect of spent mushroom substrate as a bulking agent on CH4, N2O and NH3 emissions during pig manure composting
Dr. Shuyan Li, China Agricultural University
Nitrous oxide, methane and ammonia generation in full-scale swine wastewater purification facilities
Dr. Takashi OSADA, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
Goethite improved anaerobic co-digestion of corn stover and algal biomass
Dr. Zhengbo Yue, Hefei University of Technology
Abatement measures against livestock and poultry breeding pollutants in Taihu Area, Jiangsu Province, China
Mr. Wenzhu Wu, Nanjing Institute of Environmental Science
Dutch research on animal manure to ensure authenticity and quality
Dr. Piet Derikx, RIKILT Wageningen UR
Analysis of tetracyclines and sulfonamides in meat by on-line solid phase extraction–high performance liquid chromatography
Prof Lihua Zhu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Effects of thermophilic composting on oxytetracycline, sulfamethazine, and corresponding resistance genes in swine manure
Dr. Weiwei Ben, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Spread of antibiotic resistance genes via pig farm-produced fertilizers in organic and conventional management systems
Mr. Rupert Bassitta, LMU Munich
Promoting livestock pollution control, achieving a win-win scenario of industrial optimization and environmental protection
Dr. Chenfeng Liu, Water Environment Institute, Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning
Effect of different compost materials on aerobic composting of swine manure
Fan Hongyong, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Characterization of EPS and SMP production from a high efficient partial nitrification system for treating ammonium-rich wastewater
Dr. Guangxue Wu, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University
Effects of veterinary antibiotics on microbial growth activities in soil
Jialun Zheng, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Amendments for the reduction of nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon in agricultural wastewater surface runoff
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