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Wireless Robots Live Inside Cows To Monitor Production Of Methane Gas

Wireless Robots Live Inside Cows To Monitor Production Of Methane Gas
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Researchers in Australia measure just how much of the harmful substance livestocks produce.

Yi Chen
  • 30 november 2012


Cow flatulence produces the greenhouse gas methane, which contributes to global warming. With an annual increase of livestocks around the world, researchers are set to find out just how much methane cows actually release into the atmosphere.

The Sustainable Agriculture Flagship in Australia are set to install winged, wireless electronics into the cows’ digestive tracts. The trackers are embedded with infrared sensors and will be able to monitor the cow’s emissions and measure the amount of methane they are producing. The researchers hope to find out which diet would help minimize the output of the harmful gas.

Sustainable Agriculture Flagship

Photo courtesy of Marcos Brindicci

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