The MIN-NO project aims to improve estimates of N2O emissions associated with production of UK arable crops, and to develop strategies (including estimates of the necessary incentivisation) to mitigate N2O emissions in anticipation of greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting at field and farm scale.
Nitrogen experiments with wide-ranging N supplies will test over three seasons how N2O emissions relate to economically optimised N nutrition of cereals, sugar beet and oilseed rape as well as to production of pulses. Results will enable optimisation of emission intensities through expression of N2O and other GHG emissions per unit of crop product. The measured emissions will be used to validate the DNDC model (using the most recent European version) for UK arable conditions, and the model will be used to derive N2O emission factors for use by the UK arable industry (under IPCC Tier 2 methodology) and in the UK GHG Inventory.
By working with major players in the food, feed & biofuel supply chains, strategies to minimise GHG intensities of major crop products will be compared for their environmental and economic effectiveness, and financial incentives necessary to minimise N2O intensities of typical arable crop products will be estimated, using established methodologies to evaluate GHG intensities. The consortium will work to facilitate networking between allied research and mitigation activities on N2O emissions in the UK & overseas and it will promote N2O mitigation strategies amongst UK arable crop supply chains.
ADAS, Agricultural Industries Confederation, Bayer CropScience, British Sugar, Country Land and Business Association, The Co-operative, Frontier, GrowHow, HGCA, Hill Court Farm Research, NFU, North Energy Associates, North Wyke Research, PGRO, REA, SAC, Scotch Whisky Research Institute, Soil Essentials, Vivergo fuels, Warburtons, Yara.
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