Project descriptionRuminant livestock animals produce an equivalent of 5% of the anthropogenic global greenhouse gas emissions each year through methane production. Asparagopsis spp are red macroalgae that, when fed as a supplement to ruminate livestock, can reduce methane production by up to 90% for 90 days whilst also increasing production. This project aims to clone the genes in the biosynthetic pathway responsible for this antimethanogenic activity in local isolates of A. armata and A. taxiformis, and thus contribute to a larger project aimed for commercial propagation of these species.
Co-supervisorsSasi Nayar (SARDI)
Further informationhttps://www.ch4global.com/, https://www.fishfiles.com.au/media/fish-magazine/FISH-Vol-28-1/South-Australia-takes-on-red-seaweed-trials
Assumed knowledgeBasic skills in lab-based experimentation. Making solutions, measuring algal biomass and some microscopy.
Industry involvementSARDI Aquatic Science
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