Developing a mechanistic understanding of biogenic gaseous emissions from the soil-plant system

Lead Research Organisation: Rothamsted Research
Department Name: Unlisted


The focus of this project is on soil-plant air bio-geochemistry and elucidating how fundamental processes in grassland soils control denitrification. This project is influenced by and provides information to another North Wyke project (project number 5740) in the 'Grassland, environment and soil systems' Strategic Programme Grant area. This project is also linked with the SoilCIP (Objective 4).


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Cardenas L (2013) Potential mineralization and nitrification in volcanic grassland soils in Chile in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

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Del Prado A (2010) Exploring systems responses to mitigation of GHG in UK dairy farms in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

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Dungait JA (2012) Advances in the understanding of nutrient dynamics and management in UK agriculture. in The Science of the total environment

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Misselbrook Tom (2013) Opportunities for reducing environmental emissions from forage-based dairy farms in AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD SCIENCE

Description We have improved our ability to quantify, our process understanding and our ability to manipulate and mitigate biogenic gaseous emissions (including ammonia, nitrous oxide and methane) arising from agricultural sources - in particular from soils and from management of livestock manures.
Exploitation Route Further research is required to develop cost-effective mitigation strategies and to understand the factors which influence the effectiveness of particular mitigation methods. Further development and parameterisation of process-based models using the data arising from this research would be of benefit in assessing potential management and climate influences on these emissions.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment

Description Results from the research conducted in this award have been used in the development and improvement of the inventories of ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from UK agriculture, and the development of UK and EU policies aimed at mitigating emissions of these gases.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment
Impact Types Policy & public services