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May 27, 2022   •   News

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) is pleased to announce the new e-learning section of our website.

The first programme, developed by New Zealand and consisting of three foundation level courses, is now available. It covers the basics of:

  1. Climate change science;
  2. International reporting of greenhouse gas emissions; and
  3. The science behind agricultural greenhouse gases and how they are measured.

The courses are free and suitable for anyone wishing to upskill their knowledge in these areas. The courses were originally designed to support people working in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions reporting.

A certificate of completion is attainable upon completion of each course.

In the future we hope to include many more links to resources and courses that GRA Members and Partners have developed to support agricultural greenhouse gases related learning.

Please click HERE for more information and to register for the programme.

May 27, 2022   •   News

Opening Date: 27 May 2022

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The GRA Flagship project on ‘Feed Additives to Reduce Enteric Methane’ is offering a 2-year postdoc position.

We seek to appoint a qualified and self-motivated post-doctoral fellow to work on the Flagship project entitled ‘Technical guidelines to develop feed additives to reduce enteric methane’. The work in the project is integrated with activities of the Feed & Nutrition Network chaired by David Yáñez-Ruiz (Spanish Research Council, CSIC, Spain) and co-chaired by André Bannink (Wageningen Research (part of Wageningen UR), WR, Netherlands) and Alex Hristov (Pennsylvania State University). The network is an activity of the Livestock Research Group within the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.

The candidate will lead research related to the following specific objectives:

  • Provide technical guidelines and protocols on good practices to test and develop feed additives of different natures. The technical guidelines will describe good practices to conduct trials in vitro and in vivo to target 3 main elements:
    • Efficacy and delivery options across different livestock production systems, especially in relation to the dietary management (pasture, high/low forage, by-products…)
    • Uncover the mode of action of the active molecules, and
    • Adequate assessment of the persistency of the effects.
  • Facilitate the registration process of feed additives and methods to account for the reduction in emissions achieved under farming conditions as well as in GHG inventories.

The project is coordinated by the CSIC and WR and the physical location of the position is negotiable. The position requires occasional travel for data collection and participation in collaborative and scientific meetings. Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. in Animal or Dairy Science and a strong publication-oriented record that demonstrates extensive experience with animal nutrition, rumen function, experimentation, and greenhouse gases research. A fluent level of English is required. The term of this appointment is 24 months. A competitive salary is offered.

The benefits of the contract include: i) participating in a globally active network of research groups and companies that are actively investigating and evaluating feed additives, ii) reaching out to regional and global organisations pursuing use / implementation of feed additives, iii) interacting with other GRA research networks (i.e. Rumen Microbial Genomics and Manure Management), and iv) improvement of research skills and areas within different disciplines such as rumen function, biochemistry, inventories methodology.

More information about the flagship project can be found HERE.

Opening Date: 27 May 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please apply by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references to David Yáñez-Ruiz ([email protected]) and André Bannink ([email protected]).

For additional information, please contact any of the coordinators.

May 25, 2022   •   News

GRA Flagship Projects develop new knowledge to better understand agricultural greenhouse gases, have global relevance and applicability and generate high scientific impact. The GRA works collaboratively, bringing together researchers from all over the world, to deliver these projects.

Six new global Flagship Projects were approved earlier this year at the 2022 GRA Council Meeting. These key priority projects have been identified as uniquely suited to the research expertise and global membership of the GRA.

Further information about the projects and how to get involved can be found HERE and via the links below.

Economics of cattle GHG mitigation (EMiFa)

Flagship Goal: To identify the most cost-effective options for farm level GHG mitigation strategies in different global production systems and provide evidence-based policy recommendations.

Ensuring long-term mitigation and adaptation co-benefits

Flagship Goal: To develop and apply new protocol-based methods for providing national decision-makers with evidence-based knowledge to ensure agricultural mitigation strategies have lasting impact.

Feed additives to reduce methane

Flagship Goal: To accelerate the development and use of feed additives to reduce global enteric methane emissions from livestock.

Mining rumen data to reduce methane

Flagship Goal: To generate new knowledge on the rumen microbiome which will enable novel interventions to reduce methane emissions from livestock

Reducing N2O emissions and improving accounting

Flagship Goal: To encourage global efforts to reduce GHG emissions from nitrogenous fertiliser by enabling its usage to be more accurately reflected in national level GHG accounting.

Satellite monitoring to improve livestock management

Flagship Goal: To develop globally applicable tools which improve management of grassland resources and support local initiatives to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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