Biotechnological application of rumen organisms is also evaluated in order to alleviate acidosis in high-yield dairy cows. Through the use of molecular biology, a genetic probe has been developed which makes it possible to detect specific rumen bacteria in mixed rumen bacterial populations. The organisms can thus be traced during in vivo trials in order to determine the dose size and frequency required of the organism per animal, in order to alleviate lactic acidosis.
The second area of expertise within the group is the use of biotechnological applications, development and production of probiotics. Latest research includes the development of gastro-intestinal models to study the survival and adhesion of probiotic bacteria in the gastro-intestinal tract (GIT). Fluorescent-in-situ-hybridization is one method used to detect the survival and adhesion of these bacteria in the GIT.