Measuring Methane Production from Ruminants

Editors: Makkar, Harinder P.S., Vercoe, Philip E. (Eds.)

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  • First manual of its kind
  • Written by authorities in the field
  • Gives comprehensive account of the methodologies and protocols for measuring methane
  • The techniques can be adapted to other systems needing methane measurement, such as biogas plants, manure storage and application processes, sludge fermentation plants etc.
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The world’s livestock sector is amidst a major transformation, fuelled by high demand for meat and milk, which is likely to double over the next two decades in developing countries. The major driving force behind this demand for livestock products is a combination of population growth, urbanization and income growth, especially in developing countries. The challenge is to enhance animal productivity without adversely affecting the environment. A key to this is reducing methane emissions from ruminants. The major limitation to ruminant production in many tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America, where a large proportion of the global ruminant population is located, is poor nutrition. The productivity of animals is restricted by the low nitrogen and high fibre content of the native grasses and crop residues, which form the basis of the diets in these regions. Animals on these types of diets emit more methane than animals fed better quality temperate forages. These methane emissions represent a loss of digestible energy to the animal (up to 15%) as well as a threat to the environment. Reducing methane production by ruminants could improve their productivity, provided the efficiency of ruminal metabolism is not compromised, and reduce their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. The challenge is to devise nutritional strategies and identify dietary components, particularly from locally available plant resources, that reduce methane emissions.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Analysis of Methane

    Lopez, S. (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Measuring Methane Emission of Ruminants by In Vitro and In Vivo Techniques

    Soliva, C.R. (et al.)

    Pages 15-31

  • The SF6 Tracer Technique: Methane Measurement From Ruminants

    Johnson, K.A. (et al.)

    Pages 33-67

  • Estimation of Ruminal Methane Production From Measurement of Volatile Fatty Acid Production

    Hegarty, R.S. (et al.)

    Pages 69-92

  • Measurement of Methane Production Rate In the Rumen Using Isotopic Tracers

    Hegarty, R.S. (et al.)

    Pages 93-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Measuring Methane Production from Ruminants
Editors
  • Harinder P.S. Makkar
  • Philip E. Vercoe
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6133-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6133-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6132-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7547-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 138
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