Rumen Nations: The Unsung Heroes of NZ Agriculture

Dr Keith Joblin

RSNZ Manawatu Branch August meeting– Joint meeting with the NZ Institute of Chemistry

7.30 pm Tuesday, 20 August, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

Products from grazing animals are of major importance to New Zealand’s economy and generate over 30% of export income. Yet, the key workers essential for this process live in smelly conditions, in the dark and without oxygen, and work 24 hours every day for 365 days a year without pay. Why is this? This talk will outline events in the rumen, the real ‘engine-room’, and the microbes and activities in a complex dynamic ecosystem.

For over 20 years, Dr Keith Joblin was leader of New Zealand’s only rumen microbiology group – first at DSIR and then at AgResearch. This included work in England, Japan, Scotland and France. He established the New Zealand research group, seeking to lower methane emissions from ruminants, and recently was advisor to a United Nations FAO/IEAE project for rumen scientists from developing countries.

All warmly welcome