Austria: Including lemongrass in cows' diets helps reduce methane emissions by 15%

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Published Oct 3, 2021

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A research team from the Raumberg-Gumpenstein Higher Federal Research Institute for Agriculture (HBLFA) in Austria has concluded that lemongrass in cattle diets reduces methane emissions by almost 15%, according to Bauern Zeitung. Scientists added 100 grams of "lemon grass" per day to each animal in the diet on one of the farms in Austria. After that, the change in methane emissions was measured using a special sensor. Lemongrass has been used as an herb and medicinal plant until now. Now the plant can play a decisive role in preserving the climate. Climate-damaging gas emissions were reduced by almost 15% in the experiment, as the researchers describe in an article on SRF's Nano program. Experts explain the decline in the properties of lemongrass, which is mainly composed of secondary plant substances such as tannins. Tannin affects the activity of bacteria in the intestines of animals in such a way that less methane is released. Although lemongrass is considered “very ...
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