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Phage therapy in livestock methane amelioration.

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Gilbert, R. A., Ouwerkerk, D. and Klieve, A. V. (2015) Phage therapy in livestock methane amelioration. In: Livestock production and climate change. Cabi. ISBN 9781780644325

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Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1079/9781780644325.0318


Viruses of prokaryotes (phages) are obligate microbial pathogens that can, in the lytic phase of development, infect and lyse their respective bacterial or archaeal hosts. As such, these viruses can reduce the population density of their hosts rapidly, and have been viewed as possible agents of biological control (phage therapy). Phage therapy is becoming increasingly important as a means of eradicating or controlling microbial populations as the use of antibiotics and chemical treatments becomes both less effective and less publicly acceptable. Phage therapy has therefore been raised as a potential strategy to reduce methane (CH4) emissions from ruminants, providing an innovative biological approach, harnessing the potent, yet targeted, biocidal attributes of these naturally occurring microbial predators.

Item Type:Book Section
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:bacteriophages ; biological control ; biological control agents ; livestock ; livestock feeding ; methane ; methane inhibitors ; methane production ; natural enemies ; pollution ;rumen microorganisms ; ruminant feeding ; therapy
Subjects:Animal culture
Veterinary medicine > Veterinary microbiology
Veterinary medicine > Veterinary bacteriology
Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Live Archive:27 Jul 2015 01:10
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:44

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