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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.

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)

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ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 29 000

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 9 500

EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 2 000

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 5 000

NEEM BIOTECH LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 148 000

AGOLIN SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 153 000

NOR-FEED SUD SARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 136 750

Phytosynthese SARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 140 500

DOMCA S.A

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 145 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 262270

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2010

  • End date

    30 November 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 045 768,92

  • EU contribution

    € 795 500

Coordinated by:

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain