His topic will be “Ruminants: Metabolic Marvels of Nature.” A reception will follow the talk in the Commons of Townsend Hall.
Kung joined the faculty of UD’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences in 1987.
His research centers on way to improve the productive efficiency of lactating dairy cows through a better understanding of fermentation processes that occur in forages in silos and in the rumen of cows.
His research program combines practical aspects of forage and dairy management in the field with microbiological and biochemical techniques in the laboratory. Data from his laboratory was crucial in gaining FDA approval to add Lactobacillus buchneri to the list of approved organisms that are safe to feed to livestock.
He has published extensively in these areas and given numerous invited presentations at dairy producer meetings, symposia, industry training sessions and extension short courses throughout the world. In the last 10 years, he has made some 500 presentations, more than 80 of them in 15 foreign countries.
Kung’s honors include several national research awards, including the National Milk Producer’s Federation Award, the Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award and the American Feed Ingredient Association Award.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from the University of Hawaii and his doctorate in dairy science from Michigan State University. He conducted postdoctoral research at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wisc.
Before coming to Delaware, Kung was a research specialist with Monsanto Co., where he wrote the protocols and launched clinical trials for approval of recombinant bovine somatotropin.
The S. Hallock du Pont professorship is named in honor of a generous benefactor who supported a professorship and research in animal husbandry at UD for many years.