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Prebiotic Functional Enhancement of Rumen Microbiomes

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Project "RUMIC" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 251˙434 €
 EC max contribution 251˙434 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-05-01   to  2022-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada CA (Ontario) partner 0.00


 Project objective

Dr. Greta Reintjes proposes to work with Dr. Wade Abbott at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, to investigate the Prebiotic Functional Enhancement of Rumen Microbiomes (RUMIC). Ruminates, specifically cattle and sheep, are significant contributors to food production systems worldwide, with the EU alone producing 7 million tons of beef per year. This major agricultural sector faces significant economic obstacles due to increasing food safety and public health concerns over antimicrobial use in livestock. RUMIC aims at addressing these concerns by investigating the promising strategy of prebiotic application in livestock production systems for improved animal health and production. Prebiotics function by modulating the gut microbiome of ruminants towards improved metabolism of feeds, competitive exclusion or mitigation of pathogens, and enhanced overall animal health. RUMIC will employ novel methods in, molecular ecology, analytical chemistry, bioinformatics and super-resolution and live-cell imaging to i) visualise and quantify the uptake of prebiotics by rumen isolates, ii) to culture-independently analyse the effect of prebiotics on simplified artificial rumens, and iii) to isolate and characterise microorganisms with specific carbohydrate degrading potentials to discover novel metabolic pathways and enzymes, with the overall goal of providing evidence-based solutions for rumen microbiome enhancements. RUMIC will facilitate a mutually beneficial, interdisciplinary exchange of scientific skills and knowledge between two leading research institutes in Canada and Germany. Furthermore, it will provide a unique research platform for Dr. Reintjes, an early career researcher, to pursue an independent research project, enabling the acquisition of new knowledge, improved communication skills, establishment of new collaborations, and widening her career perspectives to the academic and industrial sector.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Jan-Hendrik Hehemann, Greta Reintjes, Leeann Klassen, Adam D. Smith, Didier Ndeh, Carol Arnosti, Rudolf Amann, D. Wade Abbott
Single cell fluorescence imaging of glycan uptake by intestinal bacteria
published pages: 1883-1889, ISSN: 1751-7362, DOI: 10.1038/s41396-019-0406-z
The ISME Journal 13/7 2019-09-02

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