A message to you…

Hope you all enjoyed the festive season – whatever way you spent/celebrated it. Wishing you all the best for 2016!!

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INRA/Rowett Symposium – 1st Announcement

INRA & Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health have just announced the details of the 10th Joint Symposium “GUT MICROBIOLOGY: twenty years and counting …” This symposium will be held in Clermont-Ferrand (France) from June 20th to 23rd, 2016.Ā  For more information please see their website.

International Conference on Sustainable Ruminant Livestock Production

Following the high level of interest and feedback generated by the Global Farm Platform position paper published as the Comment ā€˜Steps to Sustainable Livestockā€™ (Nature 507, 32-34, 2014), an International Conference on sustainable ruminant livestock production is planned to be held in Bristol 12-15 January 2016. For more details please see: http://www.globalfarmplatform.org/conference-intro/

Rumen fistulation : a valuable tool for exploring the role of rumen microbes

Please check out our facebook page for a recent video that was shared there regarding rumen fistulation.

Rumen fistulation isĀ a key methodological approach used to understand the role of anaerobic fungi (as well as other microorganisms) within the rumen. There are many different feelings about these kind of approaches, but I would just like to highlight the only otherĀ alternative way to obtain a representative rumen digesta sample is to euthanize an animal every time a sample is required. Therefore rumen fistulation is not only a key experimental tool (enabling repeated and/or temporal sampling of the rumen) but enables minimisation of the number of animals used in research without compromising the ability to deliver applied outcomes that have a real impact in terms of food security and environmental footprint.

ISAM-9 & Anaerobic fungi :)

At the recent ISAM-9 symposium there was much interest in anaerobic fungi across a range of applications from novel metabolite production, biogas production, methane mitigation and bio-remediation. There was also an informal network get together organised at the conference (big thank you Tony Callaghan!) where a variety of different anaerobic fungal interests and topics were discussed.