Kangaroo gut microbes make eco-friendly farts

Kangaroo gut microbes make eco-friendly farts

Studying marsupials’ low-methane gas could help researchers lower livestock emissions

By Beth Mole, 13:58 PM March 21, 2014

When kangaroos let one rip, the gas may be offensive to the nose but easy on the planet.


Marsupial toots and burps contain little or no methane, a potent greenhouse gas. A new study suggests that the scanty emissions are thanks to the distinct mix of microbes in the kangaroos’ gut. The study appears March 13 in the ISME Journal, a microbial ecology journal. By sniffing out the microbes responsible for the “green” gas, Australian researchers hope to glean ways of curtailing methane blasts from...

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