Speakers announced - Locking in C with Grasslands

Speakers announced - Locking in C with Grasslands

Friday, June 12, 2020

BSAS/ BGS / Stapledon Memorial Trust

Locking in C with Grasslands
25th June 2020
18:00 - 19:00 BST
Convenor: Pro Michael Lee, BSAS Global

Introduction and Aims. ‘Locking in C with Grasslands’ is a two-part series of webinars dealing with the science and policy potential of grassland to capture and store C as part of agriculture’s road map to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. The first webinar, aimed at researchers, will concentrate on the science behind and the potential of soil, pasture and on-farm woodland to increase C storage potential and improve efficiency (reduce emissions).

SoilThe view of soil as a living system will be advanced through emphasising the vital role C and organic matter has in defining soil health to improve assimilatory processes which will increase conversion of nutrients into biomass and decrease loss to the environment.
Speaker: Dr Andy Neal | Research Scientist | Soil Microbiology | Sustainable Agricultural Sciences | Rothamsted  
Andrew Neal is an environmental microbiologist with expertise in the role of organic matter in forming soil structure and influencing microorganism metabolism. He is author of more than sixty peer-reviewed papers including two ISI Highly Cited papers in soil microbiology. His research focuses on macronutrient metabolism and self-organisation of soil-plant-microbe systems. He maintains an international research portfolio with on-going projects with colleagues in Australia, Brazil, China, India and Uruguay. His work is generating unique insight and thinking into microbiome evolution and function in dynamic soil systems: demonstrating complex interactions between soil physical structure and microbiome metabolism with significant implications for nutrient-use efficiency in soils (for nutrient provision to crops and the persistence of soil systems). He leads the Mapping and Modelling the Soil Metabolic Web and Biophysical Interactions and Links to Process Rates, Efficiencies and Resilience work packages, part of Rothamsted’s Soils to Nutrition Institute Strategic Programme, sponsored by the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council. He also leads Rothamsted’s Soil Biology cluster.  He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Biosciences at The University of Nottingham.

Pasture: Examine how pasture composition, grazing management and multifunctionality in swards can improve net efficiency of herbage growth and the return C to the soil, combining with the role of pasture composition for increasing efficiency of nutrient utilization for growth and lactation.
Speaker: Dr Katja Klumpp | Senior Scientist | Department of Forest, Grassland and Freshwater Ecology | INRAE
Katja Klumpp, is a senior scientist at INRAE, Grassland Ecosystem Research Unit, in Clermont Ferrand, France.  She is involved in GHG measurements and climate change studies, with expertise in C and N cycling of plant-soil-atmosphere. She has published on processes and mechanisms related to C storage, GHG emissions, forage production of grasslands, while her research and expertise also comprises eddy-covariance flux measurements, and processed based modeling (i.e. PaSim). She is principal investigator of a permanent grassland site involved in a long term National Environmental Research Observatory (SOERE) and the European infrastructures for Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) and for Experimentation on Ecosystems (ANAEE) in Central France

Woodland on farm: Woodland vegetation at different levels is a component of all grassland farms whether through hedge row and field margin trees, set aside woodland or agro-forestry. The potential of integrated livestock-woodland systems to capture C will be examined as a vital component of net zero through integration of woodland into their systems.
Speaker: Dr Helen Sheridan | Assistant Professor | School of Agriculture and Food Science | University College Dublin
Dr Helen Sheridan is Assistant Professor in Agricultural Ecology and Policy in the School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin. Helen is passionate about supporting agricultural communities through better understanding the interactions between agricultural production systems and biodiversity. Her research focuses on farmland habitats and their management; the potential of multispecies grasslands to enhance ecosystem service delivery while reducing reliance on fertiliser nitrogen; and the design, implementation and monitoring of agri-environment schemes.

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