Micro-gas chromatography in planetary, animal and human health research

15 December 2022 → 14 December 2024
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Environmental technologies
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal nutrition
    • Sustainable agriculture
    • Food sciences and (bio)technology not elsewhere classified
cattle greenhouse gas emissions climate change in vitro digestion simulation Wastewater treatment plant methane biogas hydrogen sulfide
Project description

The application includes a Micro-GC to replace an outdated version and an extension with an automated sample introduction by coupling a 'Multi Position Stream Selector Valve system' and a 'Gas Endeavour® system'. This extended equipment reinforces the unique position in Belgium of Lanupro (ruminant nutrition) for in vitro simulation of methane emissions by ruminants as both screening and mechanistic-kinetic studies are optimized. Similarly, Lanupro (meat science) makes use of this infrastructure in research on microbial digestion of meat in which the harmful hydrogen sulphide is formed. In both lines of research, reduction of the unwanted gas productions is central. Finally, the equipment is used as an essential reference and complement for the on-line gas analyses by the BioCo Research Group. This collaboration optimizes the utilization of the basic infrastructure and offers opportunities for cooperation in view of the joint focus on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.