Evaluation of control strategies to reduce emissions of particulate matter and ammonia from poultry operations

Principal Investigator

Bill Van Heyst, University of Guelph

Year the work was done


Overall objective

  • To evaluate the efficacy of different control strategies and/or technologies that might aid in the abatement of atmospheric releases of particulate matter and ammonia from commercial poultry operations.


  • The application of poultry litter treatment (PLT) reduced ammonia emissions from the turkey flock by 57% on average with the effect lasting for approximately 11 days.
  • The centralized air exchange system in a broiler facility does control ammonia emissions better but at the cost of higher concentrations of particulate matter.


  • Generation of abatement strategies for the release of particulate matter and ammonia from various poultry operations.

This research applies to

Breeders, Broilers, Layers, Turkeys

This research was supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Poultry Research Council, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Wheeden Environments.