Scientists in Denmark are developing a new kind of grass that helps to reduce methane emissions while burping cows. Thus the researchers hope to reduce the influence of this gas that creates the greenhouse effect on the atmosphere. Ultimately, the new invention is intended to contribute to the fight against global warming.
Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark used DNA technology to create the grass, which will be easier to digest, reports Berlingske. As a consequence, in the stomachs of ruminants will accumulate less gas.
The project is implemented jointly with a leading international company supplying grass seed DLF with its head office in Denmark. According to Torben ASPA, senior researcher of Department of molecular biology and genetics, “it’s just best diet for cows, which can digest food more effectively and consequently, not to release so much methane during burping”.
ASP also spoke about a common misconception that gases are mostly out of cows through the anus. In fact, this occurs mainly while burping.
The Ministry of the environment and food of Denmark contributed to the creation of a new kind of grass 13.5 million kroner (more than $ 2 million; over 1.7 million euros). “We know that cattle is one of the causes problems when it comes to the release of greenhouse gases. It is therefore important that we examine how to reduce emissions from cows,” said the Minister Esben Lunde Larsen.
According to him, if the digestive process will become easier, cows can begin to give more milk. According to Danish broadcaster DR, the “super-grass” will be available in 7-8 years.
According to data from the U.S. Agency for environmental protection, methane persists in the atmosphere as long as carbon dioxide. But in the long run, its impact is much more dangerous. Methane stronger the ability to absorb solar radiation, so even his short stay in the atmosphere creates a risk of greenhouse effect.
Previously, attempts were made to prevent the greenhouse effect in the atmosphere reduce the amount of methane that emits cattle. British scientists in 2014 proposed for this purpose to reduce the consumption of meat on the Ground.
German researchers in 2007 invented a pillthat was supposed to reduce the process of the formation of methane in the cows ‘ body. In 2004, Australian scientists have created a vaccine against the microbes that produce methane in the digestive system of sheep. But the injection has helped to reduce gas emissions only 20% individuals.
According to scientists, to cow’s methane accounts for between 4% to 6% of the emissions of “greenhouse” gases is several times greater than from the operation of cars, power plants and factories. It is known that methane is more greenhouse factor than carbon dioxide.