Scientists want to mass produce seaweed that stops cows burping methane

CNET | 8/15/2019 | Bonnie Burton
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University of the Sunshine Coast Associate Professor Nicholas Paul holds up a container of the pink seaweed Asparagopsis.

In 2014, Australia's national science agency CSIRO discovered that by adding the pink seaweed Asparagopsis to a cow's diet, it reduces the amount of the gas produced by the cow up to 99 per cent.

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Now scientists want to mass farm Asparagopsis not only to better reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, but also the world as a whole.

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Associate Professor Nicholas Paul said if enough pink seaweed was grown it could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia by an impressive 10 percent, according to ABC news on Wednesday.

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"When added to cow feed at less than two percent of the dry matter, this particular seaweed completely knocks out methane production," Paul said in a statement on Wednesday. "It contains chemicals that reduce the microbes in the cows' stomachs that cause them to burp when they eat grass."

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