News | December 4, 2023

Mootral Introduces Methane Reduction Technology That Doubles The Effectiveness Of A Known Natural Molecule

Mootral's new platform reduces methane emissions from cows by 50% and can be applied to both stabled and grazed cattle, greatly increasing the chances of reducing methane emissions worldwide

London /PRNewswire/ - Mootral, a British biotechnology company, announces that it has completed the in vitro development and testing phase and is now commencing a series of in vivo trials of its Enterix Advanced technology, ready for significantly increase the methane reduction effectiveness of the original Enterix™ product, while maintaining the productivity benefits essential for large-scale adoption by farmers.

Enterix Advanced incorporates a patented technology that harnesses the power of iodoform, known for its methane-inhibiting properties, synergizing it with specific active compounds in garlic. This approach is based on Mootral's original technology, which is already in use on commercial farms in the UK. The key lies in the strong synergy between these compounds, which allows emissions to be significantly reduced without affecting dry matter intake or milk production, a potential problem previously associated with high doses of iodoform.

Mootral's new technology enables a controlled release formulation required for bolus administration in grazing cattle, greatly increasing the potential for methane mitigation in livestock farming globally.

"Iodoform, a known methane suppressant, has the same mode of action as bromoform, the active ingredient in some algae species proposed for methane reduction," said Thomas Hafner , founder and CEO of Mootral. "More importantly, this is a known compound that has already been approved for certain uses in human and animal health, is non-carcinogenic, does not deplete the ozone layer, and can be easily and affordably scaled up."

Mootral's R&D is based on the principles of efficiency, scalability and benefits for the farmer. Its Enterix Advanced technology offers all three: a significant reduction in methane, applicability in both stabled and grazed animals, and benefits for animal productivity and health that are key to its adoption by farmers. In addition, it can be expanded without the need for large investments.

"Our north star is our desire to make farming a climate success by improving the economics and profits of farmers. We have found a solution that can be applied to any cow and in any environment, while making sense from the point of view commercial for the rancher and is sustainable for the planet," said Hafner.

The opportunity to reduce methane is both urgent – ‚Äč‚Äčthis gas traps 84 times more heat than carbon dioxide – and highly strategic – its reduction can have an immediate measurable impact on climate change mitigation. Methane generated by enteric fermentation during cow digestion accounts for almost 30% of all human methane emissions.

Extensive in vivo trials will be carried out in 2024, with the aim of obtaining regulatory approval from the end of 2026. Mootral is accelerating the pace of its rollout with a plan to reach 300 million cows in the next decade.

Source: Mootral

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