Increase production potential with reduced CH4 emissions.

Why is this project relevant?

  • Leucaena decreases CH4 production
  • Leucaena’s mimosine causes toxicity
  • Discover bacteria that degrades mimosine (Synergistes jonesii)
  • Efficacy of bacteria inoculation

Scientific Significance

Identify the presence of bacteria strains that degrade mimosine

Broader Impacts

  • Decrease toxicity of Leucaena
  • Leucaena causes a  “protein bank” to the animal

Anticipated Results and Products

  • Confirm the absence/existence of S. jonesii
  • Possible detection of another bacteria with relevant economic impact for legume fed animals
  • Improve cattle performance and reproduction
  • Reduce CH4 emission with Leucaena