Addressing odour abatement and assessment knowledge gaps using PTR-TOFMS


This proposal focuses on the application of Proton Transfer Reaction–Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (PTR-TOFMS) to the assessment of odour mitigation strategies. The proposal addresses the key environmental issue of odour management. The research will help fulfil the need for defensible, scientific assessment of odour abatement strategies to enable smoother growth of the chicken meat industry. It aims to address a key performance indicator by delivering quantitative data on an economically feasible odour management option, namely, maintaining dry, friable litter.


Chicken Meat

Research Organisation

The State of Queensland acting through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Objective Summary

• Develop laboratory methods for using PTR-TOFMS for poultry odour analysis and characterisation • Develop methods for using PTR-TOFMS on-site at meat chicken farms • Demonstrate odour abatement efficacy of maintaining dry friable litter using PTR-TOFMS odorant analyses as evidence • Provide direction for future research based on acquired knowledge of the capabilities of PTR-TOFMS.

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Project Start Date

Monday, April 27, 2015

Project Completion Date

Friday, December 22, 2017

National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

CME-Develop and implement measures to improve industry's impact on the enviroment