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An inhibitor can decrease methane production in ruminants

A research group from Cinvestav (Public University of Mexico City) is testing a drug that inhibits methane-producing archaea in cattle. They are testing a compound called lovastatin, which inhibits or limits the synthesis of the cell membrane responsible for the production of methane in ruminants.

In in vitro experiments, it was observed that the proposal can inhibit methane production in ruminants by 38 percent; it is possible to consider this methane yield based on one kilogram of dry matter in a diet for meat producing cattle.