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Professor Rainer Roehe

Professor Rainer Roehe

Rainer Roehe

 0131 651 9367

Scotland’s Rural College
W Mains Rd


My overall research interest is to unravel the host animal genomic architecture affecting complex performance traits in livestock. At present my main research interest is to reveal the influence of the gut microbiome on methane emissions, feed conversion efficiency, meat quality, animal health and behavioural traits, and how the host animal shapes the microbiome associated with those traits. In this research, whole-metagenome-sequencing is used to determine microbial community profiles as well as microbial gene abundances in order to understand the complex genetic and functional interactions between host genomics, microbiome and phenotypic traits. The comprehensive insight into these interactions will be used to develop novel cost-effective selection strategies exploiting microbiome information in animal breeding. For more information see my detailed profile here.


Leading Ideas

  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Plant and Animal Health