Determining better fundamental knowledge of how crop and livestock interactions can sequester soil organic carbon, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, enhance soil quality, and improve agricultural resiliency.

The Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems Network is a network of the Croplands Research Group of the Global Research Alliance.

The network aims identify ways to improve production through the greater integration of Crop-Livestock Systems. A diversity of systems, climate and soils mean that no-one solution will suit every system or region; the Network may consider expanding to consider different types of systems through regional activities in the future.

Tool that are able to compare mitigation impacts across systems, such as an emissions intensity focus or partial life cycle analysis are useful to tie systems together, and could be something considered by all of the Research Groups. Activities planned for the Network include:

  • Finalisation of the factsheet, to define the Networks area of work and review this in different parts of the world.
  • Develop a framework to compare the carbon-nitrogen cycle across different systems.
  • Participate in the 2017 Soil Science Society meeting and identify a symposium topic.


Upcoming activities

  • Series of webinars – reflecting different crop-livestock systems across the world – each answering a common set of questions – e.g. system overview, feed, manure etc.
  • Synthesis paper – highlighting each region and identifying the biggest gaps in current knowledge.

Alan Franzluebbers, Plant Science Researcher

United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service