Phil Vercoe

Professor, BRurSc PhD N.E.

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

    6009 Perth


  • 1211 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
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Personal profile


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


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


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

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Projects 1996 2020

Research Output 1995 2018

Antibacterial compounds from the Australian native plant Eremophila glabra

Algreiby, A. A., Hammer, K. A., Durmic, Z., Vercoe, P. & Flematti, G. R., 1 Apr 2018, In : Fitoterapia. 126, p. 45-52 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Eremophila Plant
Microbial Sensitivity Tests
Staphylococcus epidermidis
Lucilia cuprina
dead animals

Effects of unsaturation of long-chain fatty acids on rumen protozoal engulfment and microbial protein recycling in protozoa in vitro

Wang, M., Jing, Y., Wang, Y., Liu, S., Gao, J., Ouyang, J. & Vercoe, P., 17 May 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Animal Production Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

microbial proteins
long chain fatty acids
1 Citations

Essential oils from Lippia turbinata and Tagetes minuta persistently reduce in vitro ruminal methane production in a continuous-culture system

Garcia, F., Vercoe, P. E., Martínez, M. J., Durmic, Z., Brunetti, M. A., Moreno, M. V., Colombatto, D., Lucini, E. & Ferrer, J. M., 24 May 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Animal Production Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tagetes minuta
Volatile Oils

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