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Philip Vercoe

Professor Philip Vercoe

Professor
Agriculture and Environment, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M085)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 6758
Fax
+61 8 6488 2243
Email
philip.vercoe@uwa.edu.au

Associate Director
Agriculture, The UWA Institute of

Contact details
Address
The UWA Institute of Agriculture
The University of Western Australia (M085)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 6758
Fax
+61 8 6488 1040
Email
philip.vercoe@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
BRurSc PhD N.E.
Biography
Phil is an animal scientist. His research interests are in ruminant production systems and finding ways to balance productivity with biodiversity in extensive grazing systems. All of his research is driven by the need for ‘Clean, Green and Ethical’ livestock production and the importance of optimising the interaction between genotype, environment and management. His most recent research has been focused on mitigating methane emissions from sheep and cattle through manipulating the feed base, exploring the antimethanogenic properties of plant secondary compounds in Australian native plants, and genetic selection. This work culminated in the Rumen Pangenome Project, which was developed to better understand the interaction between the host and its ruminal microorganisms in determining digestive efficiency. With his colleagues Dr Jason Emms and Dr Dean Revell, he was awarded the Caring for our Country Landcare Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture (2013) for the Enrich Project.
Key research
Methane mitigation in ruminants
Rumen Microbial Ecology
Molecular Biology
Genetics and Nutrition
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Leader of the International Coordination of Rumen Pangenome Project
Future research
The Ruminant Efficiency Project
The Rumen Pangenome Project
Funding received
Department of Agriculture
Meat and Livestock Australian
Australian Wool Innovation
Industrial relevance
Clean, Green and Ethical livestock production
Honours and awards
Eureka Prize 2013, Caring for our Country Landcare Prize for Sustainable Agriculture
Section Editor, Animal
Teaching
Pasture and Livestock Systems (AGRI2201)
Breeding and Animal/Plant Biotechnology (AGRI4404/4405)
Sustainable Grazing Systems (AGRI5508)

Coordinator, Masters in Biotechnology, Genetics and Breeding
Current projects
The role of Australian native plants in Australian grazing systems
Bioactive properties of plant secondary compounds
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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