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Mohammad Ramin

Mohammad Ramin
Researcher in Animal Science (ruminant nutrition and environmental emissions)

Presentation

I have been working on factors influencing methane production in ruminants, by modeling methane production and validating the models predicting methane production in dairy cows, with specific emphasis on diets fed in Northern latitudes. Currently, my main research interest is methane production form dairy cows, factors to inhibit emissions of methane and techniques for measuring gases from ruminants.

The main measurement method I am currently dealing with and responsible for, is the GreenFeed method (C-lock). The in vitro gas production method is the alternative method for estimating methane production in dairy cows. I coordinate a number of studies in which involves the use of the gas in vitro method and the GreenFeed system.

Teaching

METHAGENE training school (Breeding for complex traits), Umeå – Sweden 19 -21 of June 2017. Description of duties: Course organizer and responsible for in vitro gas and GreenFeed demonstration and description.

NOVA PhD course in Forage Evaluation in Ruminant Nutrition, 8- 13 June 2015, Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

Description of duties: teaching a part in the course relating to the use of the GreenFeed method to measure methane production in dairy cows. Responsible for student laboratory group work.

Workshop on measurements of methane and carbon dioxide fluxes from cattle in production systems. C-Lock Co, GreenFeed. 21 -24 September 2014, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.

Description: Invited by the company producing the GreenFeed system (a system that measures live methane production in dairy cows) to give a talk regarding predicting methane production. The presentation was about developing equations predicting methane production in dairy cows.

PhD course in Forage Evaluation in Ruminant Nutrition, 6-11 June 2013, Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

Description: responsible for the in vitro gas production (student group work).

Research

Seaweed biomass as feed supplement to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from dairy cows (SEAFEED).

Reducing methane production of stored manure from dairy cows (Carl Tryggers).

Will dietary inclusion of the red macro algae Asparagopsis taxiformis reduce methane production in Swedish dairy cows (FORMAS funding).

Seaweeds and seaweed-ingredients to reduce enteric methane emissions from pasture based sheep, cattle and dairy cows (SEASOLUTIONS)

Capturing Effects of Diet on Emissions from Ruminant (ERA-Net ERA-Gas CEDERS)

Management for improved efficiency by increased cow longevity in dairy herds, (SLF)

Improved sustainability in dairy production, by increased feed efficiency (SLF)

Oats for more sustainable milk production and a better environment (FORMAS funding).

 

Supervision

Amélie Laval (Master of Science). 2021-03-15 – 2021-08-22. Title of internship: Measurement of methane emission during the grazing period at the department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden. University in France: Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Agronomiques, de l’Alimentation et de l’Environnement (AgroSup Dijon).

Tangi Guyader (Bachelor of science). 2020-09-21 – 2021-01-21. Internship student working on projects related to methane production in dairy cows (Identifying seaweeds capable of reducing methane production) at the department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden. University in France: Aeres University of Applied Sciences.  

Petra Fant (PhD student – co-supervisor), Oats for more sustainable milk production and a better environment, 2018-01-07 - , Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. (on-going)

Quentin Lardy (PhD student – co-supervisor), Grazing and enteric CH4 emission– dairy and sheep, 2020-03-01, Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (on-going).

Wondimagegne Bekele (PhD student – co-supervisor), 2018-10-01 - . Improving Feed Nutrition and Decreasing Enteric Methane Emission in Indigenous Sheep. AAU-SLU Biotech Project with Sida R&T Grant SLU. (on-going)

Edward Hernando Cabezas-Garcia (PhD student – co-supervisor), Methane production and individual variation in dairy cows, 2016-11-01 – 2017-05-10, Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Amanda Poppi, (MSc), Comparison of in vitro and in situ degradability of NDF from tropical forage sources, 2018-10-08 – 2018-12-21, Universidade Estadual de Maringá (UEM). (experiment was conducted in Umeå, Sweden.

Petra Fant (MSc), Effects of different varieties of oats and barley on fermentation parameters and methane production - in vitro. 2016-10-1 – 2017-03-15, University of Helsinki, Finland. (experiment was conducted in Umeå, Sweden).

Mirka Kallio (MSc), Effects of birch leafs on in vivo predictions of methane production form dairy cows. 2012-10-01 to 2012-12-01, University of Helsinki, Finland. (experiment was conducted in Umeå, Sweden).

Dora Lerose (MSc), Evaluation of two different inoculum sources (rumen fluid and faecal) on methane production in vitro. 2013-01-15 to 2013-05-15, Università degli studi di Padova, Italy. (experiment was conducted in Umeå, Sweden).

 

Selected publications

Book chapter:

M. Ramin, J. C. Chagas, S. J. Krizsan. 2020. Methane Production in Dairy Cows, Inhibition, Measurement, and Predicting Models. In Ahmed M (ed.) Systems modelling. Springer, Singapore. Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. p. 295-306. Review

Ahmed, M., Ahmad, S., Waldrip, H., Ramin, M., Raza, M. 2020. Whole farm modeling: A systems approach to understanding and managing livestock for greenhouse gas mitigation, economic viability and environmental quality. In: Waldrip, H.M., Pagliari, P.H., He, Z., editors. Animal Manure: Production, Characteristics, Environmental Concerns, and Management, ASA Special Publication 67. Madison, WI: American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America. p. 345-372.

Journal Papers:

M. Ramin, P. Fant and P. Huhtanen. 2021. The effects of gradual replacement of barley with oats on enteric methane emissions, rumen fermentation, milk production, and energy utilization in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science (in press).

R. Vibart, C. de Klein, A. Jonker, T. van der Weerden, A. Bannink, A. R. Bayat, L. Crompton, A. Durand, M. Eugène, K. Klumpp, B. Kuhla, G. Lanigan, P. Lund, M. Ramin and F. Salazar. 2021. Challenges and opportunities to capture dietary effects in on-farm greenhouse gas emissions models of ruminant systems. Science of the Total Environment. 769: 144989, 1-12. Review

P. Fant, M. Ramin, S. Jaakkola, Å. Grimberg, A. S. Carlsson and P. Huhtanen. 2020. Effects of different barley and oat varieties on methane production, digestibility and fermentation pattern in vitro. Journal of Dairy Science. 103: 1404-1415.

D. Wade Abbott, Inga Marie Aasen, Karen A. Beauchemin, Fredrik Grondahl, Robert Gruninger, Maria Hayes, Sharon Huws, David A. Kenny, Sophie J Krizsan,  Stuart F. Kirwan, Vibeke Lind, Ulrich Meyer, Mohammad Ramin, Katerina Theodoridou, Dirk von Soosten, Pamela J. Walsh, Sinéad Waters and Xiaohui Xing. 2020. Seaweed and Seaweed Bioactives for Mitigation of Enteric Methane: Challenges and Opportunities. Animals. 10: 2432. 1-28.

J. Chagas, M. Ramin, and S. Krizsan. 2019. In vitro evaluation of different dietary methane mitigation strategies. Animals. 9: 1120, 1-17.

M. Ramin, M. Franco, M. Roleda, I. M. Aasen, M. Hetta and H. Steinshamn. 2019. In vitro evaluation of utilizable crude protein and methane production in feed ration consisting of grass silage with different percentage replacement and fractions of extracted seaweed proteins. Animal Feed Science and Technology. 225: 114225

Rebecca Danielsson, Jane Lucas, Josef Dahlberg, Mohammad Ramin, Sigrid Agenäs, Ilma Tapio, Ali-Reza Bayat, Tobin Hammer and Tomas Roslin. 2019. Compound- and context-dependent effects of antibiotics on greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. Royal Society Open Science. 6: 182049.               

Johanna Karlsson, Mohammad Ramin, Marko Kass, Mikaela Lindberg, Kjell Holtenius. 2019. Effects of replacing wheat starch with glycerol on methane emissions, milk production, and feed efficiency in dairy cows fed grass silage-based diets. Journal of Dairy Science. 102: 7927-7935.

Huhtanen, P, M. Ramin, and A. N. Hristov. 2019. Enteric methane emission can be reliably measured by the GreenFeed monitoring unit. Livestock Science. 222: 31-40.

H. Gidlund, M. Vaga, S. Ahvenjärvi, M. Rinne, M. Ramin and P. Huhtanen. 2018. Predicting omasal flow of non-ammonia N and milk protein yield from in-vitro determined utilizable crude protein at the duodenum. Journal of Dairy Science. 101: 1164-1176.

J. P. P. Rodrigues, M. Ramin, P. Huhtanen, F. Aru, E. Detmann and M. I. Marcondes. 2018. Effect of soybean oil supplementation and forage type on methane production and fibre digestibility using the in vitro gas production system. Grass and Forage Science. 73: 368-380.

Sophie J. Krizsan, Alejandro Mateos-Rivera, Stefan Bertilsson, Annika Felton, Anne Anttila, Mohammad Ramin, Merko Vaga, Helena Gidlund and Pekka Huhtanen. 2018. An in vitro evaluation of browser and grazer fermentation efficiency and microbiota using European moose spring and summer foods. Ecology and Evolution. 8: 4183-4196.

R. Danielsson, M. Ramin, J. Bertilsson, P. Lund and P. Huhtanen. 2017. Evaluation of an in vitro system for predicting methane production in vivo. Journal of Dairy Science. 100: 8881-8894.

M. Ramin, A. Höjer, M. Hetta. 2017. The effects of legume seeds on the lactation performance of dairy cows fed grass silage-based diets. Agricul. Food. Scie. 26: 129-137.

P. Huhtanen, M. Ramin and E. H. Cabezas Garcia. 2016. The effects of ruminal digesta retention time on methane emissions – a modelling approach. Animal Production Science. 56: 501-506.

M. Ramin, M. Vaga, E. H. Cabezas-Garcia and E. Detmann. 2016. Methane production from individual feeds and total diets – an in vitro evaluation.  Agraarteadus: Journal of Agricultural Science. (27) 1. 42-47.

P. Huhtanen, M. Ramin, P. Udén. 2015. Nordic dairy cow model Karoline in predicting methane emissions: 1. Model description and sensitivity analysis. Livestock Science. 178: 71-80.

M. Ramin and Huhtanen. P. 2015. Nordic dairy cow model Karoline in predicting methane emissions: 2. Model evaluation. Livestock Science. 178: 81-93.

M. Ramin, D. Lerose, F. Tagliapietra and P. Huhtanen. 2015. Comparison of rumen fluid inoculum vs. faecal inoculum on predicted methane production using a fully automated in vitro gas production system. Livestock Science. 181: 65-71.

R. Danielsson, A. W. Omazic, M. Ramin, A. Schnürer, M. Griinari, J. Dicksved and Bertilsson, J. 2014. Effects on methane production and Bacterial and Archeal Communities by the Addition of Cashew Nut Shell Extract or Glycerol – an in vitro evaluation. Journal of Dairy Science. 97: 5729-5741.

S. J. Krizsan, Z. Mussadiq, M. Hetta, M. Ramin and P. Huhtanen. 2014. Effect of hybrid, site and maturity on feed value predictions of forage maize at high latitudes. Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences. 23: 269-278.

M. Ramin and P. Huhtanen. 2013. Development of equations for predicting methane emissions from ruminants. Journal of Dairy Science. 96: 2476-2493.

1. Highly cited research based on Elsevier, paper cited in 2014/2015 up until June 2016 according to data from Scopus.

2. Recognized (Awarded at the annual meeting, July 2016) for the most-cited paper for the Nutrition, Feeding, and Calves section. The award is based on citations from publication through April 15, 2016.

3. Article of the month highlighted by JDS editor-in-chief, Dr. Roger Shanks.

4. Equations developed were used and cited also in the FAO report (Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions in livestock production) in 2013.

5. Listed in the top 25 papers (3rd) downloaded the most in 2013 from the Journal of Dairy Science.


Contact

Researcher at the Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden; Animal Husbandry Unit
Telephone: +46907868720
Postal address:
Inst för NJV, husdjursskötsel,
90183 UMEÅ
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd, Umeå

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