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2014-09-25 03:00:14

Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of next-generation biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine, researchers report.

2012-03-16 16:53:30

New biotechnological and chemical methods will facilitate efficient production of chemicals, materials and fuels from renewable natural resources.

2012-02-23 14:10:00

In the past, traditional urea-molasses lick blocks for cattle were a convenient, lower cost choice for supplementing protein, energy and minerals in cattle.

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2011-07-06 14:02:55

One of the peskiest household pests, while disastrous to homes, could prove to be a boon for cars, according to a Purdue University study.

2011-06-30 19:23:17

The discovery that a bacterial species in the Australian Tammar wallaby gut is responsible for keeping the animal's methane emissions relatively low suggests a potential new strategy may exist to try to reduce methane emissions from livestock, according to a new study.

2011-06-10 13:30:25

A two-year study by a Texas AgriLife Research team in Amarillo has helped bring a new product to market that could allow the cattle feeding industry to realize efficiencies in mills and more weight on cattle.

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2011-01-27 14:07:47

When it comes to breaking down plant matter and converting it to energy, the cow has it all figured out.

2010-09-08 13:41:54

For the first time ever, University of Illinois researchers have discovered how microbes break down hemicellulose plant matter into simple sugars using a cow rumen bacterium as a model.

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2010-04-20 14:26:28

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist may have found a way to cut the amount of ammonia produced by cattle.

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2010-02-27 08:35:00

The natural-occurring biopolymer known as chitosan is being put forward as an effective alternative to growth-promoting antibiotics in the diet of ruminants.


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