Animal Science Department


Date of this Version



2015 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report, University of Nebraska—Lincoln Extension, MP101.


Copyright © 2015 University of Nebraska.


To understand the relationship betweenmicrobial community and methane, the microbial community of the rumen was examined by esophageally tubing cattle on a common diet and on 10 treatment diets. Microbial community analysis via 16S taq sequencing displayed structuring of microbial communities (Bacteria and Archaea) by diet. This study demonstrates that diet influences microbial community composition within the rumen, and the potential capacity to develop dietary interventionstrategies for methane mitigation and animal performance.