The RMG Network was formed in New Zealand in February 2011 and since 2014, the network has been coordinated by Dr Sharon Huws, IBERS, Aberystwyth University UK. The network is an initiative of the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance, and provides a forum for a global collaborative network of researchers using microbial genomics approaches to understand the rumen microbiome in order to address global agricultural challenges, such as greenhouse gas emissions. The Network holds workshops to discuss innovation and challenges in the research area whilst fostering collaboration amongst the scientific community to enhance our ability to address these challenges. Two international, collaborative research projects focused on rumen microbes and are also part of the RMG Network. These are the Global Rumen Census, and the Hungate1000 projects.

The RMG Network is a global collaborative network of researchers with a common set of principles and guidelines in rumen microbial genomics to underpin the development of CH4 mitigation and rumen adaptation technologies.

The Network's efforts are focused on generating a shared comprehensive data resource that will enable investigators to characterize the relationship between the composition of the rumen microbiome (or of parts of the rumen microbiome) and the efficient bioconversion of fibrous feedstuffs, leading to a more environmentally acceptable production of nutritious foods in all parts of the world.


Rumen microbes play an important part in the nutrition and health status of ruminants, as well as in the production of the greenhouse gas methane.  This project aims to survey the diversity of microbes present in rumen samples obtained from a range of locations and farming situations covering a wide range of ruminant species, breeds, feeds and locations.

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The Hungate 1000 project aims to produce a reference set of rumen microbial genome sequences from cultivated rumen bacteria and methanogenic archaea, together with representative cultures of rumen anaerobic fungi and ciliate protozoa.

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