The October 2022 Croplands Research Group Newsletter is now available!
This edition provides excellent examples of the categorization of the crop ecotypes of legumes across Ecuador to be used as a replacement for the synthetic nitrogen fertilizers. Also, the design of new prototypes to develop biostimulants and alternative products (carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins…etc.) from microalgae which can contribute to the development of a bio-economy to mitigate CO2 emissions. Improving soil health is key to increasing sustainable land use and promoting eco intensification, the optimization of the use of the resources that fulfils the SDGs in many aspects while adapting farming systems to climate change and mitigating climate change. Special issues and a list of very relevant events are also provided. Enjoy reading!
Closing date: November 15th 2022
In order to explore the potential of circular food systems (CFS) as a way to contribute to food security while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Integrative Research Group (IRG) of the Global Research Alliance (GRA) has taken the lead to setup a global CFS network, where knowledge on CFS can be shared, developed, and disseminated. The network aims to mobilise agricultural scientists working from the field to the regional level to explore circularity within agri-food systems.
We now invite you to submit a full project proposal to develop indicators to measure circularity at different levels of the food system. This proposal should be submitted on November 15th, 2022. The organising committee will select 2 or 3 project proposals (2x 150.000 € or 3x 100.000 €). Information about selection of the proposals can be expected around December 5th, 2022.
Criteria for funding proposal
- The scientific quality of the objectives, methodology, and expected indicators.
- Focus on applying indicators at different scales (e.g., product, farm, region) and evaluate trade-offs that may occur with indicator sets at different levels.
- Discuss how the indicators could be implemented and compare on available indicators for circularity (e.g., LUR, HDPR).
- Learn from the indicators, e.g., how indicators from circularity can be linked with others socio-economic and environmental benefits.
- Feasibility on performing the project from January 2023 to 31 December 2023.
- Demonstrate a system perspective.
- Link circularity to food security and GHG mitigation.
- Include a discussion on how the practices align with principles of circularity.
- Share knowledge with ERA-net projects.
- Collaboration between organizations and regional initiatives is encouraged.
Format of the proposal
The project proposal of max. 2500 words.
- Title of the project
- Project description: State of the art, objectives, methodology, activities, expected outputs
- Timeframe and budget
- Organisation of project
- Expected follow-up activities
Full project proposal should be submitted no later than November 15th, 2022, 10:00AM (CET), through: [email protected]
Read the full call document below:
Closing Date: 23 October 2022
Type: Full-Time, Fixed-Term (4 Years)
Location: Hybrid Working, linked to SRUC Barony Campus, Dumfries
SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national, and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors.
Three new positions are available as part of the exciting new Strength in Places project “Digital Dairy Value Chain for South-West Scotland and Cumbria”. Based in SRUC’s Dairy Research & Innovation Centre in Dumfries and working with other leading dairy industry players across the region, the main purpose of these roles is research and demonstration projects which deliver quality products, high welfare standards and reducing environmental impacts.
- The Data Scientist will join a team developing advanced analysis of data from high throughput milk analysis, a range of animal monitors and GHG measurements operating from individual animal to field and farm levels (the latter being the focus of this post).
- The Food Scientist (Dairy) will establish a dairy processing research programme that is also grounded in SRUC’s dairy production expertise and linked to work in larger-scale Maker Spaces and commercial facilities.
- The GHG Scientist will develop and characterise measurements of greenhouse gases from individual animal to building and field scales.
To learn more and apply click on the job titles above or HERE.
Closing Date: 9 October 2022
Location: Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Tjøtta
Are you a goal-oriented and proactive researcher who want to contribute to the development of sustainable, climate friendly ruminant production system?
If so, check out this job opportunity HERE
The researcher we are looking for will work together with us in projects on forage production and forage-based livestock production. The overall goal is to deliver research based knowledge that can contribute to the development of sustainable and climate friendly forage and ruminant production systems based on efficient utilization of Norwegian feed resources.
NIBIO Tjøtta research station will be the major arena for the research, but there will also be activities on other locations. On Tjøtta, we have modern research facilities for continuous monitoring of animal behaviour, health status, production and greenhouse gasses from ruminants with high precision.
The work is interdisciplinary, with extensive collaboration internally in NIBIO, and externally with research institutions and stakeholders in Norway as well as in many other countries.
The position will be located at NIBIOs regional unit Tjøtta.
Join the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) on Tuesday 11 October at 10am UTC for the first session in our Flagship Project webinar series. Learn more about two of the current GRA Flagship Projects, their key partners and how YOU could get involved.
GRA Flagship Projects develop new knowledge to better understand agricultural greenhouse gases, have global relevance and applicability and generate high scientific impact.
This session will introduce the following two Flagship Projects:
- Technical guidelines to develop feed additives to reduce enteric methane
- Flagship Goal: To accelerate the development and use of feed additives to reduce global enteric methane emissions from livestock.
- Presented by: Dr. David R. Yáñez-Ruiz, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain
- Economics of GHG mitigation at farm level in global cattle production systems (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.
- Presented by: Dr. Claus Deblitz, Thünen Institute of Farm Economics, Germany
Followed by time for Q&A.
The GRA is working collaboratively, bringing together researchers from all over the world, to deliver its Flagship Projects. These key priority projects have been identified as uniquely suited to the research expertise and global membership of the GRA. Flagship Projects are specific, time-bound projects that have been approved by the GRA Council. They are led by a community of experts within the GRA membership.
Applications are now open for the “Modelling, Measurement and Mitigation of the Environmental Impact of Livestock Production Systems” course being held in Zaragoza (Spain) from 12-16 December 2022. The closing date for applications is 23 October 2022.
Key reasons to attend this course:
- increase your understanding on how to estimate the environmental impact of different types of livestock farming systems and mitigation measures;
- know the sources and drivers controlling main emissions in livestock farming systems;
- improve skills on tools for modelling C, N and P emissions at farm/local/regional scale;
- learn different techniques to measure emissions in livestock farming systems;
- develop a critical perspective on mitigation strategies and their technical and economic feasibility.
- network with professionals from other countries and share knowledge on how to assess the environmental impact of different livestock production systems and strengthen cooperation to address current production and environmental issues.
The course is designed for professionals with a university degree, and oriented towards public and private planners and decision-makers, technical advisors, livestock producers, environmentalists and R&D professionals involved in the management of the environmental consequences of livestock farming in a context of climate change.
- 20 places will be available for face-to-face participation (lectures, practical works and technical visits)
- 30 places will be available for on-line participation (lectures).
Candidates from CIHEAM member countries, FAO member countries, and institutions of GRA member countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia may apply for scholarships covering registration fees. In some cases scholarships may cover the cost of travel and full board accommodation. If you wish to request a scholarship, please complete the relevant section when you make your online application to participate in the course.
Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.
For further information click HERE.
Closing Date: 7 October 2022
Location: Beltsville, Maryland, USA
Note: Applicants must be US Citizens or US Nationals
This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program in Beltsville, Maryland.
“In this position, you will lead national research efforts on agricultural soils and related systems and serve as a subject matter expert in all aspects of soils and soil management including soil ecology, soil biology and soil health.”
- Provides leadership of national programs in agricultural soils, including soil processes and microbiology.
- Supports national research programs in natural resources, sustainable agricultural systems, crop and animal production and protection, food safety and quality.
- Provides technical guidance in research project development by early involvement in research planning.
- Participates in the review of scientific manuscripts as a reviewer or designator of peer reviewer when problems arise, or strong differences of scientific opinion exist.
- Serves as a co-leader for national research on soil and air in agricultural systems.
- Leads and coordinates ARS research in the fields of soil ecology, including agricultural soil chemical, physical and biological “states” and processes.
- Leads and coordinates diverse teams of scientists to achieve stated goals.
- Evaluates the effectiveness and impact of major research programs and their constituent projects.
- Establishes and maintains communication with ARS research leaders and non-ARS research organizations in the field of expertise to assure that ARS research programs are kept up-to-date scientifically.
For further information about this position and how to apply click HERE
BURLINGTON, VT, USA, September 8, 2022 – A new assessment of over 60 scenarios based on current low-emission practices shows that realizing net-zero food systems will require widescale adoption of new technologies in the next two decades and changes in meat and dairy consumption. A more diverse set of practices and innovative research, including diet shifts and new-horizon technologies, will be needed for this transformation.
Food systems emit approximately 35% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As the global population is expected to grow to 9 billion by 2050, food demand will increase rapidly, and agriculture production must follow.
“Transforming food systems for net-zero is essential for the whole Paris Agreement equation to work and deliver on the need to limit the temperature increase to 1.5˚ C above pre-industrial levels by 2050, with important benefits for the resilience of millions of people around the world”
– Federico Bellone, Co-author,
UN High Level Climate Champions & Race to Zero
However, there are no silver bullet solutions that work across local, regional and global scales. Local and regional food system intensification must identify locally relevant strategies to meet socio-economic and environmental targets.
“While net-zero food systems are achievable, bolder implementation of more efficient production practices is fundamental to meet both global food production and climate goals.”
– Ciniro Costa Jr., Lead Author,
Alliance of Bioversity International & International Tropical Research Center (CIAT)
To achieve net-zero, the global food system must implement cost-effective mitigation practices and technologies by 2030 and improve country governance and technical assistance by 2040. By 2050, implement innovative financial mechanisms and affordable technologies to achieve a net-zero emission global food system.
This roadmap presents milestones; we cannot wait to start changing consumption patterns and developing new technologies. We must start now.
Article: Roadmap for achieving net-zero emissions in global food systems by 2050
Contact: Ciniro Costa Jr. [[email protected]]
Closing Date: 17 September 2022
Location: The James Hutton Institute, Scotland
The James Hutton Institute are seeking a collaborative and motivated Mathematical Modeller, to join their Human & Ecological Modelling Group. You should have a Ph.D. in mathematical modelling/biogeochemical modelling with significant simulation modelling experience, facilitated by sound programming skills (e.g. Python, C, Matlab, R, etc.). You will work on a variety of major Scottish Government, NERC and Horizon Europe-funded research projects to understand how land management and climate change impact on carbon-rich landscapes and the contribution that land-based solutions may bring to the climate emergency.
Main Duties of Postholder:
The postholder will contribute to all aspects of the research cycle including research proposals, model development, analysis, and visualisation of model outputs, through to peer reviewed publications and approaches for knowledge exchange with non-academic audiences. Key activities include:
- Developing and running biogeochemical models, for a diverse range of applications in agriculture
- Data analysis, interpretation, and publication of model results
- Development of models and model protocols that align with Institute and funder open science initiatives
- To contribute to publication of research in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals
- To contribute to (inter)national funding proposals
- To collaborate with Hutton researchers on interdisciplinary research across multiple departments
For further information about the position, click HERE.
We are delighted to share the following links to recent publications from CLIFF-GRADS alumni. It is fantastic to see early career scientists building their capability, professional networks and extending their scientific expertise as a result of their overseas research stays.
Further publications which have resulted from the CLIFF-GRADS fellowships can be found here.
Tajamul Hussain, Pakistan: Project at Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, USDA-ARS, USA
- Hussain T, Gollany HT, Hussain N, Ahmed M, Tahir M and Duangpan S (2022) Synchronizing nitrogen fertilization and planting date to improve resource use efficiency, productivity, and profitability of upland rice Front. Plant Sci. 13:895811. LINK
Sebastián Vangeli, Argentina: Project at Rothamsted Research and Bangor University, United Kingdom
- Vangeli S, Cardenas LM, Posse G, Chadwick DR, Krol DJ, Thorman RE, Lanigan GJ, Misselbrook TH. 2022. Revisiting sampling duration to estimate N2O emission factors for manure application and cattle excreta deposition for the UK and Ireland Journal of Environmental Management 322, 116037 LINK
Maria Eliza Turek, Brazil: Project at ISRIC, World Soil Information, Netherlands
- Turek ME, Poggio L, Batjes NH, André Armindod R, de Jong van Lier Q, de Sousa L, Heuvelink GBM 2022. Global mapping of volumetric water retention at 100, 330 and 15 000 cm suction using the WoSIS database International Soil and Water Conservation Research In press LINK
Florencia Garcia, Argentina: Project at National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA), Chile
- Garcia F, Muñoz C, Martínez-Ferrerc J, Urrutia NL, Martínez ED, Saldivia M, Immig I, Kindermann M, Walker N, Ungerfeld EM. 2022. 3-Nitrooxypropanol substantially decreased enteric methane emissions of dairy cows fed true protein- or urea-containing diets Heliyon 8 (6), 2022, E09738 LINK
You can also check out a recent report from Funmilola Adebisi Oluwafemi’s (Nigeria) research stay in Hawassa University, Ethiopia relating to her project “Application of biochar and co-composted biochar from urban, agricultural and agro-industrial processing organic wastes: promising tool for climate smart agriculture” here.
The Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance is delighted to present the next Livestock Research Group Annual Meeting! The agenda can be found below.
Registrations are open NOW! Please register by clicking HERE.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected].