Award winning Scottish research could pave the way for ‘low-emission cattle’

Published: Friday 22nd September 2017

A Scottish study that potentially paves the way for the breeding of low-emission livestock has won the prestigious PLOS Genetics Research Price for 2017.

The research, the result of a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Aberdeen, identified a genetic link between host animals, the microbiome within their digestive tract and the methane that they produce. By using modern breeding techniques, the study can help aid in reducing the production of methane from cattle farming. 

Sequencing data for the metagenomic analysis was generated by Edinburgh Genomics.

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