Wallabies Could Solve Global Cow Methane Problem
The scientists are from Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation . According to writer Belinda Tasker, they were inspired by studies of wallabies. These little kangaroo-type creatures which have pretty much the same diet as cattle but produce only about one-fifth as much methane. Upon further investigation, the scientists discovered that wallaby stomachs are home to a bacterium that enables them to process nutrients more efficiently, without venting as much of the undesirable side effect. Cattle possess similar bacteria, only in smaller quantities. The next step would be to figure out how to increase the population of potential gas-fighting bacteria in cattle.