The Croplands Research Group finds ways to prevent the loss of carbon and nitrogen from crops and soils, and to transfer that knowledge and associated technologies to croplands farmers, land managers and policy makers around the world.
The vision of the Croplands Research Group is to:
- Make widely available the decision-support tools that enable reduced greenhouse emissions intensity from climate-resilient croplands, producing sustained or increased yields
- Increase the soil carbon sequestration of croplands
The Croplands Research Group has identified eight thematic areas to develop networks of scientists across the globe and address the key challenges facing croplands systems. These networks cover areas such as nutrient management, agro-forestry systems, water management and identifies the best management practices or technologies available to reduce N2O emissions while improving the storage of soil carbon and croplands production. More information on each of the networks and its activities.
A wide range of research programs and activities on greenhouse gas emissions from cropping systems is already underway in countries participating in the Group, reflecting the global variety of crop types, diverse management practices, environmental conditions, and combination of such in mixed crop/livestock and agroforestry systems.
The main greenhouse gas emissions/pathways that are studied are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O). Different management and technology strategies are being investigated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in croplands, including factors of soil and climatic conditions, tillage and crop management variables, and crop type and varieties. Adoption of appropriate management and technologies by farmers is a strong emphasis.
Partners (information on current collaborative activities?)
We welcome the efforts of other member countries and partners.