Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.

In collaboration with Dr Graeme Attwood, Rumen Biotechnology

Methanobrevibacter ruminantium is an archeaon that is responsible for methane production in the rumen of cows. Methane production from livestock is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand, and methane itself is more than twenty times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. With funding from the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium, this project aims to structurally and functionally characterise proteins from M. ruminantium which are attractive candidate targets for methane mitigation.