22 November 2019

Break-through in methane reduction

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen, are continuing on tests of  a compound that  can greatly reduce methane emissions from cow burbs. The first lab tests showed great promise, with an almost total reduction. Until now, all tests have been done in the In-vitro gas and digestibility laboratory at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Science, Section for Production, Health and Nutrition by Assistant Professor Morteza Mansouryar, Associate professor Hanne Helene Hansen (head of laboratory)  and Professor Mette Olaf Nielsen (now at Århus University) aided by an expert lab team. 

Positive early results need to be confirmed and the stability of results proved. Correct dosing needs to be established in the lab before testing in individual animals and eventually in milk or meat producing ruminants. This stepwise approach is an approved approach before testing in the cow and thereafter launching a finished commercial product. These further tests will be undertaken at the In-vitro gas and digestibility laboratory during November, where after whole animal testing can be undertaken. This work is part of a collaborative project, funded by the Milk Levy Foundation between the Copenhagen and Århus University, Technical University of Denmark, SEGES and the companies Arla, LL-BioEcon and Viking Genetics.

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