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Global solutions to reduce methane emissions from ruminant animals are feasible, because the microbes causing the emissions are similar around the world

The New Zealand-led “Global Rumen Census” project analysed the microbes responsible for ethane emissions from a wide range of ruminant animals around the world. The project found imilar bacteria and methanogens dominate in nearly all rumens across a wide variety of species and animal diets. This means that new technologies that seek to reduce methane emissions by influencing rumen microbes should have global applications.

The results of the Global Rumen Census were released on 9 October 2015 in the open-access journal Scientific Reports.

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Rumen microbial community composition varies with diet and host, but a core microbiome is found across a wide geographical range
G. Henderson, F. Cox, S. Ganesh, A. Jonker, W. Young, P.H. Janssen. 2015.
Scientific Reports 5: 14567.
www.nature.com/articles/srep14567


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