Ouwerkerk, Diane. Methanotrophs from natural ecosystems for ruminant methane mitigation. Lead Agency: University of Queensland.
Project Start: 1 July 2009
Project End:1 December 2012
Enteric fermentation of methane by ruminant animals represents a major source of anthropogenic methane production. Methane produced in this manner is released to the atmosphere where it is highly efficient at absorbing
thermal radiation, which consequently increases the global surface temperature. Although many different strategies to control ruminant methane emissions have been considered, few are currently considered viable. Obligate and acultative methane oxidising bacteria (MOB) and anaerobic methane oxidising archaea (ANME) play a fundamental role in the carbon cycle by metabolising methane before it is released into the atmosphere. Because of this, methanotrophic microorganisms represent a novel biological control agent in mitigating ruminant methane emissions.
This project aims to characterise methanotrophic microorganisms from a range of environments, and to subsequently determine the metabolic activity of these microorganisms under in vitro rumen-like conditions.
|Item Type:||Research in Progress|
|DAF Project ID:||4841|
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
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