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Daffodils can reduce methane emissions from cows and help curb climate crisis

Harnessing the power of daffodils to combat climate change is now a plausible idea if ongoing scientific experiments and field trials are anything to go by.

According to a study published in Scientific Reports, researchers from Scotland’s Rural College reported that a chemical extract from daffodils could help curb methane emissions from livestock.

Incorporating haemanthamine, the chemical extract from daffodils, in livestock feeds reduced methane emissions from artificial cow stomachs by 96 percent.

While methane breaks down quickly in the atmosphere, it is considered a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and accounts for 14 percent of all human-induced global emissions.

For a while, scientists have been testing a new method using daffodils to help lower the methane emitted by livestock.

About a third of human-caused methane emissions come from livestock, especially beef and dairy cattle, because they release methane from their burps and manure.

The livestock reduction proposal has met resistance because it is a source of livelihood for many people globally.

News published in Krishak Jagat

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