This project will comprise laboratory, lysimeter and field scale experiments. Emissions of N2O and N2 will be carried out using gas chromatography and correlated to microbial community structure and denitrification gene expression including the recently discovered second guide of nitrous oxide reductase (Jones, 2014). Soil chemistry will be assessed via destructive sampling and extraction of labile nitrogen and carbon compounds, as well as direct measurement of soil water chemistry. Step 1. Effect of pre-... more
The objective of the research is to develop sustainable futures for food production in the tropics, using the Costa Rican dairy sector as a case study. This sector is under increasing pressure from two directions; environmental and economic. This multi-disciplinary project aims to make measurements and model a range of scenarios for potential sustainable futures for the dairy sector in Costa Rica, and determine the optimum balance between environmental and economic outcomes whilst minimising trade-offs on... more
This project aims to examine the wider implications for the farming/agritech community and the environment of adopting slurry and digestate acidification in the UK, and to establish whether the widespread use of this technology would be practically feasible and economically viable in a UK context.
THE SARIC CHALLENGE: This translation project was directly formulated in response to a major industry challenge presented by Duncan Rose (Cawood Scientific) at the recent SARIC Sandpit Event. The challenge is to "understand why there is a poor uptake of soil analysis across the UK livestock sector and to design novel recommendation and interpretation systems for livestock farming systems". To address this, Bangor University and Rothamsted Research have teamed up with five influential industrial... more