Innovative antimicrobial concept for boar sperm


Minitüb joins an interdisciplinary research project that tries to reduce the bacterial content of boar sperm enough to drastically minimise or even eliminate the need for antibiotics.

Currently, antibiotics are added to all boar sperm that is destined for use in artificial insemination (AI).  This is a legal requirement that is meant to reduce bacterial load and thus minimize the risk of disease transmission between the animals. In addition, low bacterial loads should be maintained to safeguard the quality of the sperm.

An interdisciplinary research project has been created with the aim of finding an alternative antimicrobial concept that would yield the same results as achieved today. With preservation at low temperatures, the bacterial content of the sperm sample should be reduced enough to drastically minimise or even eliminate the need for antibiotics. A prerequisite for this is optimised working processes that extend from the preparation of sperm samples in the laboratory and continue to the delivery, storage and application of the sperm.  This is where the project AMIKOS (Antimikrobielle Konzepte in der Schweinebesamung= Antimicrobial Concept in Porcine AI) comes into play. The AMIKOS project partners command professional expertise in clinical veterinary medicine, spermatology, and bacteriology. Working together their aim is to develop a sustainable and operational concept that will help to reduce the use of antibiotics in the porcine breeding industry. 

AMIKOS comprises the following organisations:

  • FBF - Förderverein Bioökonomieforschung e.V. (Association for bioeconomic research promoting porcine breeding and AI in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria);
  • Institut für Fortpflanzung landwirtschaftlicher Nutztiere Schönow e.V. (Institute for breeding farm animals, Schönow Germany);
  • Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover (Foundation of the veterinary university of Hanover, Germany);
  • Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (Leibnitz Institute for zoo and wild animal research, Berlin Germany); and
  • Minitüb, the market leader in reproductive technologies.

The project is supported by Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank (the Argricultural Rentenbank).

Dr. Inga Schiefler
Förderverein Bioökonomieforschung e. V.
Adenauerallee 174
53113 Bonn
Tel: 0228 91 447 25
E-mail: si@fbf-forschung.de