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Dr Marc D Auffret

Senior Postdoctoral fellow / Molecular Microbiologist
Future Farming Systems - Beef & Sheep Research Centre

Research interests 

My research is directed toward understanding the link between microbial community structure and function in a context of:

  • microbial processes associated with feed conversion in ruminants and monogastric animals
  • reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from beef and sheep systems
  • finding alternative to antimicrobials in animal health/nutrition and understanding the control of the gut microbiome on pathogens carrying antimicrobial resistance genes
  • investigating the link between animal genetics, nutrition and gut microbiome
  • developing new molecular biology tools for the study of the gut/rumen microbiome
  • identifying biomarkers and proxy measurements from the microbiome and associated with specific animal traits

Selected research projects

  • Zoetis Belgium SA: The use of intestinal microbiota as a biomarker for swine wellness and performance (2017-2018; £110,175).
  • SRUC and EU PhD studentship: The use of networks of rumen microbial genes associated with performance traits for precision breeding and nutrition in beef cattle (£73,512; 2016-2020).
  • Scottish Government RESAS: Strategies to use rumen microbial information in beef genetic improvement (£443,255; 2016-2021).
  • BBSRC UK: Understanding the functional and genomic architecture of the rumen microbiome affecting performance traits in bovines (2016-2019, £382,888).
  • SRUC REF Funding: Investment to ground Scottish capability in rumen microbiology and systems biology at SRUC (2016-2017; £78,294)


Tutorial session on Animal Breeding & Genetics Module (Year 4).

Selected publications

Link to SRUC Repository

Dr Marc Auffret

Senior Postdoctoral fellow / Molecular Microbiologist

Address: SRUC (Scotland's Rural College)
Roslin Institute Building
Easter Bush
EH25 9RG

Telephone: 0131 651 9358