"There is a large body of existing nutrition-related greenhouse gas mitigation data that is not well organized," he said. "We hope scientists will share individual animal data, which will help in creating effective prediction models for greenhouse gas emissions."
New research, too
Some collaborators in the consortium also will conduct new research designed to fill knowledge gaps in the database, Hristov said.
The consortium plans to develop guidelines for conducting experiments designed to evaluate nutritional strategies for emission mitigation; to develop and evaluate models for predicting methane emissions and nitrogen excretions under various nutritional, animal and farm-management scenarios; and to identify and recommend mitigation technologies that are both practical and feasible to implement in various ruminant livestock production systems.
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The four-year project is funded through the Europe-based Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change. Funding comes from governmental agencies in the researchers' respective home countries.
Other supporters include the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which is sponsoring the U.S. portion that includes input from scientists from Ohio State University and the University of California, Davis.
Other countries that are home to Global Network researchers include France, Spain, Finland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland and New Zealand.
Dairy Management Inc., a trade organization headquartered in Chicago, will host the project's research database through its Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.