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Special Issue "Reducing Enteric Methane Emissions from Ruminants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2019.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation | CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Canberra, Australia
Interests: use of technology to record hard to measure animal and environmental variables in the field, understanding livestock methane emissions from extensive grazing systems and improving the feed efficiency of ruminants
Worldwide ruminants play a major role in the production of meat, milk, fibre, and draught power for a growing human population, but at the same time, their sheer numbers present a threat to the global climate. As a by-product of anaerobic microbial digestive processes, ruminants produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas having 25 times the global warming potential of CO2. It is estimated that domesticated ruminants produce about 7 gigatonnes (Gt) CO2 equivalent per year, which is equivalent to 14.5% of total global anthropogenic GHGs. With a growing human population, coupled with increasing affluence, especially in Asia, the demand for ruminant products continues to grow. Meanwhile, in developed nations, concern regarding the environmental footprint of ruminant products is leading to reduced consumption of ruminant products. Faced with these challenges, there is a clear imperative to lower the production and intensity of methane emissions (the methane emission per unit of useful product). Science-based solutions to improve the efficiency of ruminant systems and reducing the production of methane in the rumen are leading to real possibilities for substantial reductions of GHG emissions from ruminant livestock. In this Special Issue, we will highlight the latest research in ruminant methane mitigation from a wide range of contributors from across the globe.
We invite original research papers on methods to reduce methane emissions intensity through modification of the rumen environment or the ruminant production system. Suitable topics include: Rumen microbiology and biochemistry, nutritional manipulation of methane emissions, feed additives, genetic selection for low methane animals, vaccination, antimethanogenic plants, and agricultural systems or practices that reduce enteric methane intensity, including modelling.
Dr. Ed Charmley
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- methane mitigation
- rumen microbiology