The report provided research on ammonia pollution from the UK poultry industry and the potential of algae as a pollutant absorbent. The final report covered:
1. An industry overview covering:
- The scale of UK poultry industry in terms of turnover, annual weight of meat production;
- The size of the industry in comparison with the beef, sheep meat and pig sectors;
- The proportion of UK poultry supplied to UK markets and poultry trade.
2. The poultry supply chain
- An overview of large scale poultry suppliers, medium and small scale suppliers;
- The geographical distribution of the poultry sector;
- Other sectors within the supply chain e.g. veterinary and medicine, animal feed suppliers.
3. HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Control) systems on UK poultry farms
- A review of the HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Control ) systems currently used by UK poultry producers;
- The distribution of HVAC systems methods used in UK housed poultry farm (and other livestock if available). Which systems and methods are most commonly used by producers in the industry;
- A discussion on potential policy measures that will be adopted and imposed on the industry with respect to control of ammonia emissions.
4) The potential of algae to control ammonia emissions
- A review of the uses of algae in agriculture;
- An assessment of the feasibility of growing algae to absorb pollutants in water waste from poultry farming;
- A review of how algae absorbs ammonia, nitrous oxide and other relevant pollutants and the absorption rates;
- Recommendations on the potential of commercial products.
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