Research Collaborations

  • A global rumen microbes census

    04/05/17

    The power of global collaboration was shown in the ability to do a global rumen microbes census. New Zealand scientists wondered how typical the rumen microbes found in New Zealand ruminants are globally – a key question if New Zealand hopes...

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  • Breeding animals for reduced methane emission

    04/05/17

    In the early 2000s, researchers first became interested in the question of whether there is any natural variation between individual animals in the amount of methane they produce. Initially, PGgRc funded a major programme with the dairy industry...

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  • Freeing a methanogen-busting bottleneck

    04/05/17

    Sometimes the most valuable advances occur at methodological levels. An example of this is a new laboratory technique that allows faster assessment of potential methane inhibiting compounds. Possible compounds are initially identified using a...

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  • Maori Farming: Higher production without higher emissions

    04/05/17

    Maori farms have specific social, economic and cultural purposes, which must be considered when balancing greenhouse gas emissions and broader development goals. The NZAGRC is undertaking a large, three year project with 29 Maori farms nationwide...

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  • Nitrous oxide and soil moisture

    04/05/17

    On-farm measurements of nitrous oxide that were made to inform New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory revealed that waterlogged pastures produce more nitrous oxide. This led to research funded by New Zealand in support of the Global Research...

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  • Which microbes live in the rumen?

    03/05/17

    Research funded by the PGgRc laid the groundwork for what is now a comprehensive understanding of rumen microbiology. A key part of this was sequencing the first genome of a methanogen (the microbes that produce methane in the rumen). Now, with...

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