National Science Foundation grants totaling $1.2 million will fund an effort to make milk production more efficient and sustainable, and to help students and faculty from SUNY Cortland and Cornell to communicate the advancements to the public.
The production focus will be on how lipids called ceramides affect a hormone called somatotropin which could result in cows and sheep producing less methane gas.
The communication effort is aimed at the perception that the dairy industry isn’t doing its part to protect the environment.
The SUNY Cortland effort is led by Dr. Amanda Davis, an assistant professor of biological science, a Cornell alum.
You’ll hear about the results when students report back at summer festivals and the state fair.