Plant stress responses in the rumen

Project: Externally funded research

Project Details


At least half of the plant cells ingested by ruminants are viable and capable of responding to the multiple and simultaneous stresses they are suddenly exposed to (anaerobic, 39oC, invasive microbial population). These responses culminate in autolytic cell death in both the presence and absence of micro-organisms. This work involves detailed analysis of the biochemical and gene expression response of model and forage crop plants to understand the regulation of autolysis in ingested forage in the rumen, with particular emphasis on proteolysis. This will enable the identification of plant-based metabolic and genetic control points that could be amenable to manipulation and so be exploited to alter rumen ecosystem outputs.
Effective start/end date01 Apr 200831 Mar 2012


  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council: £1,306,800.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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