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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock Farms

  • Sabah A. A. JassimEmail author
  • Richard G. Limoges
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Abstract

Greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector are a key contributor to climate change. Bacteriophage ‘Phage’ biocontrol or harnessing nature’s bacterial control mechanisms is becoming increasingly important as a means of eradicating or controlling microbial populations and also has the potential to be used to reduce methane emissions from ruminants. Phages can be programmed for increased effectiveness and integrated into farming practices by harnessing phage biocontrol techniques to enable ruminants’ digestive systems and manure degradation to adapt and thereby reduce emissions. Several techniques are proposed to eradicate enteric methane emissions from animal digestion and manure degradation. Understanding the basics about phages’ interaction with methanogenic archaea is pivotal in the mitigation strategies to curtail methane production. Strategies for implementing phage biocontrol to reduce the emissions from livestock manure are also discussed.

Keywords

Animal waste Bacteriophage Climate change Greenhouse gas Livestock manure Methane Methanogenesis Nitrous oxide Phage biocontrol 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Applied Bio Research Inc.WindsorCanada

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