The tenth meeting of the annual Croplands Research Group (CRG) of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (“the Alliance”) was held at the Embrapa Soils Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This meeting was held on 11th of August 2018, preceding the 21st World Congress of Soil Science. The Alliance meeting was chaired by USA (Dr Jane Johnson, USDA-ARS) and Brazil (Dr Ladislau Martin, Embrapa) as Co-Chairs of the Group.
This meeting was attended by 20 participants, representing 12 Alliance member countries and other invited experts. These alliance member attendees include: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Poland, Sweden, and USA.
Outcomes included reviewing and sharing member-country capacity building and research network activities, discussing research funding and meeting opportunities, and the identification of activities to support the Group’s Networks, and the Group’s alignment with, and understanding of the Alliance Flagships.
The Conservation Agriculture Network of our Croplands Research Group. led by Canada, has produced a new brochure of their work.
The brochure explains how conservation agriculture can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and enhance soil carbon storage in croplands.
The Global Research Alliance and its Croplands Research Group is pleased to announce that a third Co-Chair has joined the leadership of the Croplands Research Group.
Dr Rosa Mosquera Losada is from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She joins the current Croplands Research Group Chairs, USA’s Jane Johnson, from the United States’ Agricultural Research Service; and Brazil’s Renato Rodrigues and Ladislau Martin-Leto, both from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation.
-Please note that the call for MAGGnet metadata has been extended to 15 October 2016-
Though the addition of new experimental sites to MAGGnet is a continual effort, an annual call approximately six months prior to the GRA Croplands Research Group meeting is done to encourage GRA-affiliated countries to provide metadata for additional sites. This is the call for 2016. Researchers managing experimental sites where greenhouse gases and soil carbon are monitored are encouraged to include their site metadata in MAGGnet. If interested, please access the MAGGnet webpage for the latest spreadsheet template and sharing agreement (http://
Let’s build upon the momentum of the recently accepted paper and aim for a total of 500 sites by the end of the year!
We are pleased to inform that our MAGGnet article “MAGGnet: An international network to foster mitigation of agricultural greenhouse gases” has been published on Taylor & Francis Online. The article summarises MAGGNet’s purpose, work to date and overall goal to produce an inclusive, globally shared meta-database focussed on the science of GHG mitigation.
MAGGnet, the Managing Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Network, was initiated as a multi-national research effort facilitated by the GRA. By employing a user-friendly spreadsheet template, MAGGnet seeks to compile metadata from experimental sites throughout the world where greenhouse gas fluxes and soil carbon dynamics are monitored.
Three Research Groups of the GRA, Croplands, Livestock and Paddy Rice, have each produced an easy-to-read overview of their group activities and structure.
Each of the brochures cover the six areas of work that the GRA focuses on: understanding the current research landscape, building capability, good practice guidance and methodologies, research networks and databases, collaborative research, and policy support & links to international initiatives.
More information on each of the Research Groups can be found on the GRA website.