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Preliminary call: Joint Colombia-NZ PostDoc project in Global Research Alliance Biological Nitrification Inhibition (BNI) programme
Overall aim: Understanding the key controlling points of BNI in tropical and temperate systems in relation to N2O emissions.
This 2-year PostDoc position for researchers from developing countries, is part of a collaboration with the Alliance Bioversity & CIAT (Colombia) and AgResearch (New Zealand) on the role of Biological Nitrification Inhibition (BNI) for reducing N2O emissions from livestock systems. The project is funded by the New Zealand Government in support of the objectives to the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance (GRA). The position is primarily based at CIAT campus, located in Cali, Colombia, but will be conducted in close collaboration with researchers in New Zealand.
The project focusses on identifying and quantifying the key control points of BNI in both tropical and temperate systems for maximising reductions in N2O emissions. It is an interdisciplinary project, involving plant, soil and systems scientists and will use the G x E x M framing to identify key genetic, environmental and management factors and their interactions.
The project will include conceptualisation of this framework, development, and meta-analysis of a quantitative database of information available in global BNI literature, and targeted experimental work to fill key gaps in the knowledge of controls of BNI effects on N2O emissions.
Register your interest for this position by completing the form HERE.
The HoloRuminant Joint Dissemination Network (JDN) consists of 5 projects representing a complementary effort to reduce the environmental and climate footprint of livestock production – while guaranteeing genetic diversity and efficient production in a more constrained environment – by focusing on the mitigation of GHG emissions improving the health and welfare of farmed animals and increasing the sustainability of animal production systems. The project group joins forces to provide an environment to optimize and share efforts.
The network will host a webinar series to showcase the different projects’ results. The series will include three sessions; the first will occur on the 5th of September, 11:00-12:00 CEST. In this session, they will be joined by:
Florence Bedoin and Elise Vanbergue (HoloRuminant): Stakeholders’ views regarding new practices to control microbiome; Birgit Gredler-Grandl & Oscar Gonzalez Recio (Re-Livestock): Animal breeding as a CH4 mitigation strategy and Jeremie Vandenplas (RUMIGEN: ” New breeding tools in a context of climate change”.
Registration details for all webinars can be found HERE.
The second webinar will be on the 19th of September (gut microbiome in monogastric), and the third and final (NGT for PLF traits) on the 3rd of October.
The August 2023 Issue of Who’s Counting, the Inventories and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Network Newsletter is now available to view HERE.
Who’s Counting summarises scientific progress, opportunities, resources and events related to national agriculture inventory development, national agriculture climate targets, and international inventory capability-building activities.
We encourage you to directly submit content for the next Issue of Who’s Counting, or contact one of the Inventories and NDC Network co-leads directly. To receive future issues of this Newsletter subscribe here.
Closing date: 31 August 2023
Location: Teagasc and University College Cork, Ireland
Teagasc PhD Walsh Scholarship Opportunity
“RU-MINIG: RUmen microbiome MINING for bacterial cultures to reduce methane”
Download the file below for details about the project and how to apply:
Manuscript deadline: 30 January 2024
Submissions are now open (Frontiers in Climate) for the following Research Topic: “Restoration and Management of Peatlands for Climate Mitigation: Unravelling Biophysical and Socioecological Drivers of Change”.
About this Research Topic
Mires and peatlands are the largest natural terrestrial carbon store. Though covering only 3 percent of the world’s land surface, they store approximately 20 percent of the global soil organic carbon stock or two times that of global forest biomass. In addition to their role in the carbon cycle, peatlands provide a multitude of ecosystem services, including provisioning (eg. fuel, fibre, food) water purification and nutrient retention, erosion protection, soil formation, recreational and educational services, as well as harboring of unique biodiversity. Over the past century, about 15% of peatlands have been drained, mainly for agriculture and forestry. Peatland drainage leads to rapid soil degradation, soil carbon loss and nitrogen mobilization, land subsidence, as well as loss of the various other valuable ecosystems service that in-tact peatlands provide.
Globally, efforts to restore previously drained and degraded peatlands, primarily through rewetting, have increased in the last few decades. Peatland rewetting, as a nature-based solution to global climate change, reduces land subsidence, carbon loss, and risks of peat fires and has the potential to turn carbon sources back to sinks. Yet many of the biophysical processes are not well-resolved, such as the impact of drainage or rewetting on the magnitude of difference in production and consumption of greenhouse gases, as well as other biogeochemical processes and the involved microbial communities. Furthermore, rewetting of highly degraded peatlands may promote the mobilization of dissolved organic carbon, nitrogen, and phosphate which can cause eutrophication. Prompt rehabilitation of degraded peatlands, while imperative, requires the consideration of multiple stakeholders’ interests. Thus, in addition to biophysical processes, socioeconomic and political considerations also need to be a part of the decision-making process. Therefore, this research topic focuses on unravelling biophysical and socioecological drivers of change in drained and rewetted peatlands to enable better restoration and management of peatlands for climate benefits as well as co-benefits.
The scope of this research topic includes:
• Peatlands and their role in adapting and mitigating climate change
• Peatland conservation, restoration, and sustainable management (climate-focused)
• Peatlands and carbon sequestration
• Peatland protection in climate action plans
• Peatlands and Eutrophication
• Stakeholder engagement in peatland conservation
Submissions on tropical peatlands are highly encouraged. Submissions on all types of manuscripts will be considered which includes: Original Research, reviews, perspective, case report, community case study, data report, policy brief, general commentary, opinion, technology, and code.
The July 2023 Circular Food Systems Network (CFS) Newsletter is now available online!
In this edition you can find information about upcoming events, interesting open access publications, a call for examples of circular food systems in Europe, and more!
You can read the newsletter HERE.
If you’d like to subscribe to receive future CFS Newsletters, sign up here.
The Global Methane Hub was established in 2021/22 with an initial mobilization of philanthropic funding exceeding USD300 million. Their vision is to collaborate with governmental and non-governmental entities to scale up cost-effective solutions in methane mitigation and contribute to transformational change in the energy, agricultural, and waste management sectors.
The GRA brings 67 countries together to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions. It consists of member countries and partner organisations who contribute to the expertise and evidence-based research available through the GRA. Activities of the GRA are increasingly relevant to both global and national priorities as more importance is placed on global food security and addressing climate change.
Formal partnership of the two organisation offers the opportunity to align the GRA’s high priority mitigation research activities and priorities for improved measurement with the GMH’s ability to mobilise financial resources. Additionally, it will allow the GMH to keep policy makers in GRA member countries up to date with their strategic plan and theory of change in order to accelerate progress in the mitigation of methane.
We are excited to bring together the GRA’s research approach, backed by government membership, and the GMH’s drive to scale up cost-effective solutions to mitigate agricultural methane emissions. By collaborating and sharing knowledge going forwards, we believe that both organisations will benefit greatly.
Post-Doctoral Animal Microbiome Fellow (Long Term Contract)
|Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Grange, Dunsany, Co Meath, C15 PW93|
|Salary: Post Doc (Level 1) with a Salary Scale of €40,331 to €44,572|
|Research||Post Doc Full Time|
|Closing Date: 02/08/2023||Closing Time: 12:00|
Temporary Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 36 months, subject to contract. A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.
The successful candidate will be based at the Animal and Bioscience Research Department, Teagasc Grange, Co. Meath. While most of the research programme will be conducted on-site performing genomics-based microbial profiling, the successful applicant will have some involvement in the collection of biological samples and recording of methane emissions and performance data on beef cattle at Teagasc Grange. In addition, some work will be conducted on dairy cattle herds at Teagasc Moorepark, Co. Cork and sheep flocks at Teagasc Athenry, Co. Galway.
Tasks will involve liaising with laboratory staff, conducting genomics-based sample preparation for microbial profiling, metagenomics, host animal data collation, bioinformatics and statistical analysis.
The Post-Doctoral Researcher will work on an Ireland and New Zealand collaborative research project called ‘Methane-Predict’, liaising with international collaborators and will have the opportunity to travel to acquire lab-based, bioinformatics and other skills as required. The successful candidate will also be integrally involved in postgraduate student supervision, preparation of progress reports as well as peer reviewed scientific manuscripts.
Animal Microbiome Researcher
|Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Grange, Dunsany, Co Meath, C15 PW93|
|Salary: Research Officer with a Salary Scale of €37,808 to €72,999|
|Research||Funded Full Time|
|Closing Date: 31/07/2023||Closing Time: 12:00|
Temporary externally funded non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 27 months, subject to contract. A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.
The successful candidate will be based at the Animal and Bioscience Research Department, Teagasc Grange, Co. Meath. While most of the research programme will be conducted on-site working with cattle, conducting studies related to animal health, evironment and feed efficiency, collecting biological samples and recording other performance data, some work will be conducted on dairy cattle herds at Teagasc Moorepark, Co. Cork.
Tasks will involve liaising with laboratory staff, recording performance, conducting genomics-based sample preparation such as microbial DNA and RNA for microbial profiling including metagenomics and metatranscriptomics, host animal data collation, bioinformatics and statistical analysis.
The twelfth GRA Council meeting took place on 24-25 April 2023 in Madrid, Spain.
The meeting was attended by 50 people, including representatives from 21 countries and 11 partner organisations. Chile has now officially passed the Council Chair role to Spain, with South Africa accepting the Vice-Chair role.
The meeting included reports on the past year’s achievements from the GRA Special Representative, Research Groups, Flagship Projects and capability building programmes. A proposal for a new global Flagship Project, focused on agroecology and agroforestry was presented for approval. A new GRA Partner organisation was endorsed by the Council. The meeting also involved presentations on work underway in Spain, a discussion about the results of a survey of GRA members and a review of the current GRA Operational Plan.
Key outcomes of the meeting include:
- New global Flagship Project approved during the meeting.
- Global Methane Hub to be invited as an official GRA Partner.
- Science to policy communication working group to be established.
- Mediterranean Agriculture Network on GHG mitigation to be launched, led by CIHEAM.
The meeting report is now available to view by clicking HERE.