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ERAGAS - ERANET Call 2016 16/RD/ERAGAS/3 University College Cork €218,920

Project Title:

Refining direct fed microbials (DFM) and silage inoculants for reduction of methane emissions from ruminants

Project Coordinator:

Catherine Stanton, Teagasc

Project Abstract

Refining direct fed microbials (DFM) and silage inoculants for reduction of methane emissions from ruminants (Methlab)


The European Council recently agreed a set of climate and energy targets for 2030 (40/27/27 package), with important implications for the EU agricultural sector. Reducing agricultural green-house-gas (GHG) emissions is a challenge, particularly as agricultural intensity is increasing globally. In this proposal, on-farm lactic acid bacteria (LAB) technologies such as feed supplements and/or silage inoculants, currently used to increase production and improve health of ruminant animals, will be refined with a methane-reducing benefit. To achieve this, live microbial cultures with demonstrated ability to reduce methane in vitro and suitable for industrial use will be isolated and exploited in animal trials, to confirm efficacy of methane reduction effects on the rumen microbiome and production parameters in vivo. A route to market is considered relatively straightforward as DFMs and silage inoculants have LAB as a main microbial ingredient and are already commercially available, accepted, and used on farms worldwide. This proposal thus supports the development of a competitive, sustainable and profitable global Agri-food sector. The partners in this proposal are all from Global Research Alliance (GRA) member countries that share the goal of reducing methane emission intensity across ruminant classes in a manner that maintains agricultural production and sustains environmental integrity.

Final Report:

Not available yet.