Dr Athol Klieve
Dr Athol Klieve
Associate Professor in Agricultural Microbiology
B Agricultural Science
M Rural Science
Animal Studies Building (8150) Room 105, Gatton Campus and Ecosciences precinct (Dutton Park, DAFF Qld.)
P: +61 7 5460 1255
F: +61 7 5460 1444
E: a.klieve@uq.edu.au

Professional Membership of: 

Australian Society of Microbiology
Australian Society for Animal Production

Expertise Topics

  • Gastrointestinal microbiology
  • Molecular ecology
  • Bacterial viruses
  • Methane emissions
  • Veterinary microbiology
  • UQ Researchers profile

Research Projects

  • Evaluation of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens H57 as a probiotic in livestock using animal nutrition studies and metagenomics
  • Leucaena rumen inoculum - composition and activity along the supply chain

Research Project Opportunities

  • Reducing methane emissions from livestock.
  • Understanding Synergistes jonesii in the leucaena inoculum.

Selected Publications

  • Wright, A-D. and A.V. Klieve. 2011. Does the complexity of the rumen microbial ecology preclude methane mitigation. Animal Feed Science and Technology. 166-167:248-253.
  • Aldai, N., A.V. Klieve, M.E.R. Dugan, J.K.G. Kramer, D. Ouwerkerk, J.L. Aalhus, J.J. McKinnon and T.A. McAllister. 2012. Evaluation of rumen fatty acid hydrogenation intermediates and differences in bacterial communities after feeding wheat- or corn-based dried distillers’ grains to feedlot cattle. Journal of Animal Science. 90:2699-2709.
  • Eigeland, K., J. Lanyon, D.J. Trott, D. Ouwerkerk, W. Blanshard, G.J. Milinovich, L-M Gulino, E. Martinez, S. Merson and A.V. Klieve. 2012. Bacterial community structure in the hindgut of wild and captive dugongs. Aquatic Mammals. 38:402-411.
  • Klieve, A.V., S.R. McLennan and D. Ouwerkerk. 2012. Persistence of orally administered Megasphaera elsdenii YE34 and Ruminococcus bromii YE282 in the rumen of beef cattle fed a high grain (barley) diet. Animal Production Science. 52:297-304.
  • Klieve, A.V., D. Ouwerkerk and A.J. Maguire. 2012. Archaea in the foregut of macropod marsupials: PCR and amplicon sequence based observations. Journal of Applied Microbiology 113:1065-1075.
  • Martínez, E.D., K.E. Turnbull, S.P. Quigley, S.J. Streeter, A. Swain, A.V. Klieve, D. Ouwerkerk and D.P. Poppi. 2012. Liquid-phase denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis profiles of rumen bacteria from Brahman cross steers selected into two groups on the basis of post-weaning live weight gain on low crude protein pasture. Animal Production Science. 52:647–652.
  • O’Hara, P.J., P.J. Murray and A.V. Klieve. 2012. Review of Australian peramelid nutrition.  Australian Mammalogy. 34:133-144.
  • Gulino L-M., D. Ouwerkerk, A.Y.H. Kang, A.J. Maguire, M. Kienzle and A.V. Klieve. 2013. Shedding light on the microbial community of the macropod foregut using 454-amplicon pyrosequencing. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61463. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061463.
  • Godwin S., A. Kang, L-M. Gulino, M. Manefield, M-L. Gutierrez-Zamora Jimenez, M. Kienzle, D. Ouwerkerk, K. Dawson and A.V. Klieve. 2014. Investigation of the microbial metabolism of carbon dioxide and hydrogen in the kangaroo foregut by stable isotope probing. ISME Journal. Published on-line doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.25.
  • Merson, S.D., D. Ouwerkerk, L-M Gulino, A.V. Klieve, R.K. Bonde, E. Burgess and J.M. Lanyon. 2014. Variation in the hindgut microbial communities of the Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris over winter in Crystal River, Florida. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 87:601 - 615.

Key Stakeholder Engagement

  • Beef, Dairy and sheep industries
  • Federal and State Governments

Teaching and Development (2015)

AGRC2013 Agricultural Microbiology and Gene Technology - Course Coordinator


Dr Athol Klieve is Associate Professor in Agricultural Microbiology. Originally from South Australia he did a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree at the University of Adelaide then spent 11 years at the University of New England, Armidale. At UNE he completed his Master’s degree on the development of poultry vaccines, PhD on bacterial viruses of rumen bacteria and 5 years post-doc on the genetic manipulation of rumen bacteria. Dr Klieve joined DAFF Qld in 1993 and UQ in 2009, he now heads a collaborative UQ/DAFF Qld research team of 10 staff and students. His current research portfolio includes a number of projects investigating the reduction of emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from rumen fermentation, campylobacter in chickens, probiotics to improve animal production and use of strategies to combat antibiotic resistant veterinary infections. Over the past 30 years Dr Klieve has prepared, published and/or presented 269 communications (including 74 invited) on the outcomes of his research.


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