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Using kangaroo bacteria to reduce emissions of methane and increase productivity

Klieve, Athol (2009) Using kangaroo bacteria to reduce emissions of methane and increase productivity. Project Report. Meat & Livestock Australia Limited.

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Abstract

This project investigated the roles of reductive acetogenesis and methanogenesis in the foregut of kangaroos to determine whether, in the future, reductive acetogenesis could be used to reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle and increase productivity. It was reaffirmed that most kangaroos don’t generate methane and shown that when methanogenesis is inhibited reductive acetogens can survive in a rumen-like environment. The reductive acetogens in culture represent a fraction of the diversity present and there are unusual archaea, whose role is still to be defined, associated with kangaroos. Further research is recommended, if the pivotal mechanisms and the microbes involved in reductive acetogenesis in kangaroos could be determined and understood, it is possible that methane emissions from cattle and sheep could be markedly reduced and productivity and profitability increased.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Keywords:Final report
Subjects:Animal culture > Cattle
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Science > Microbiology > Bacteria
Deposited On:25 Nov 2011 01:07
Last Modified:15 Mar 2017 04:23

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