Researchers are finding ways to limit beef cattle’s methane output

A team of researchers in Illinois is studying cattle and microbes to reduce greenhouse gases. It is part of a more than $3 million ag research project.

The project includes six research centers around the world, and they are studying methane produced in a cow’s rumen, or the large part of the stomach. They hope to find a way to redirect excess hydrogen into a more productive end-product.

Project leaders say this is part of a long-term mission to find methane solutions, as it takes less time to break down in the atmosphere than CO2.