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Technological platform to develop nutritional additives to reduce methane emissions from ruminants

Objective

This proposal aims to provide a technological platform for SME’s to develop and progress further knowledge on the successful use of nutritional additives to reduce methane (CH4) emissions from ruminants: SMEthane. CH4 is the second most important greenhouse gas, after CO2. At a global scale, livestock farming contributes up to 18% of total greenhouse gas emissions. The inhibition of CH4 formation by ruminants has long been an objective of ruminant nutritionists, but a number of barriers to the development of novel dietary additives have been identified. SMEthane is designed to remove the restriction that SME’s face in successfully developing and marketing novel compounds, in particular plant extracts. We will establish research and development platforms to allow SME’s to determine: the means of delivery of such compounds in the diet, knowledge of the dose response curve for such compounds under different production systems, the persistence of the inhibitory effect of such compounds on CH4 production over long periods of time and the potential ‘side effects’ such as change in flavour of the final animal product. SMEthane Research Consortium combines the capabilities of five major research and educational organizations from 4 European countries plus 6 enterprises with long experience in developing nutritional additives. The governance structure of the project has been established to ensure effective direction and management that maximizes the expertise and facilities available at each RTD to better meet SMEs’ needs. Training and dissemination plan considered within SMEthane aim to provide training for the SME sector and its customer through different workshops based in key areas relevant to the development and usage of novel dietary additives to decrease CH4 emissions. An Exploitation and Dissemination Team will be responsible for decisions on knowledge management issues such as patenting, licensing and other exploitations of the project results.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/animal husbandry
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 26 250
Administrative Contact
Alberto Sereno Alvarez (Mr.)

Participants (9)

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 29 000
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Charles Newbold (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 9 500
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Margo Baele (Dr.)
EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 2 000
Address
Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 92 Bus 1
9820 Merelbeke
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Erik Van Bockstaele (Prof.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 5 000
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Charles Mathiaux (Dr.)
NEEM BIOTECH LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 148 000
Address
Units G-h Roseheyworth Business Park
NP13 1SX Abertillery
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Williams (Dr.)
AGOLIN SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 153 000
Address
Route De La Picarde 20
1145 Biere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Riccardo Losa (Dr.)
NOR-FEED SUD SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 136 750
Address
Alexandre Fleming 1
49066 Angers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Tessier (Mr.)
Phytosynthese SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 140 500
Address
Avenue Jean Jaurès 57
63203 Riom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bertrand Medina (Dr.)
DOMCA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 145 500
Address
Camino De Jayena Sn
18620 Alhendin Granada
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enrique Guillamon (Mr.)