Phil Vercoe

Professor, BRurSc PhD N.E.

  • The University of Western Australia (M085), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley

    Australia

  • 1144 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
19952020
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Personal profile

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.

Roles and responsibilities

Leader of the International Coordination of Rumen Pangenome Project

Future research

The Ruminant Efficiency Project
The Rumen Pangenome Project

Funding overview

Department of Agriculture
Meat and Livestock Australian
Australian Wool Innovation

Current projects

The role of Australian native plants in Australian grazing systems
Bioactive properties of plant secondary compounds

Industrial relevance

Clean, Green and Ethical livestock production

Teaching overview

Pasture and Livestock Systems (AGRI2201)
Breeding and Animal/Plant Biotechnology (AGRI4404/4405)
Sustainable Grazing Systems (AGRI5508)

Coordinator, Masters in Biotechnology, Genetics and Breeding

Research

Methane mitigation in ruminants
Rumen Microbial Ecology
Molecular Biology
Genetics and Nutrition

Keywords

  • Aquaculture genetics
  • Feed manipulation
  • Rumen microbiology/genetics and molecular biology

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Projects 1996 2020

Research Output 1995 2018

Procyanidin A2 in the Australian plant Alectryon oleifolius has anthelmintic activity against equine cyathostomins in vitro

Payne, S. E., Flematti, G. R., Reeder, A., Kotze, A. C., Durmic, Z. & Vercoe, P. E. 15 Jan 2018 In : Veterinary Parasitology. 249, p. 63-69 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cyathostominae
Anthelmintics
anthelmintics
Horses
horses
1 Citations

Climate Clever Clovers: New Paradigm to Reduce the Environmental Footprint of Ruminants by Breeding Low Methanogenic Forages Utilizing Haplotype Variation

Kaur, P., Appels, R., Bayer, P. E., Keeble-Gagnere, G., Wang, J., Hirakawa, H., Shirasawa, K., Vercoe, P., Stefanova, K., Durmic, Z., Nichols, P., Revell, C., Isobe, S. N., Edwards, D. & Erskine, W. 5 Sep 2017 In : Frontiers in Plant Science. 8, 10 p., 1463

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations
Poaceae
Fabaceae
production technology
beef
nutrient content
2 Citations

Dose-response effects of dietary pequi oil on fermentation characteristics and microbial population using a rumen simulation technique (Rusitec)

Duarte, A. C., Durmic, Z., Vercoe, P. E. & Chaves, A. V. 1 Dec 2017 In : Anaerobe. 48, p. 59-65 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Unsaturated Dietary Fats
Rumen
Population Characteristics
Fermentation
Oils

Integrated and innovative livestock production in drylands

Blache, D., Vercoe, P., Martin, G. & Revell, D. 6 Jan 2017 Innovations in dryland agriculture. Farooq, M. & Siddique, K. H. M. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 211-235 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

livestock farming
Livestock
livestock production
arid lands
Agriculture