Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

New Zealand is a member of the Global Research Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

What is the Global Research Alliance?

The Mission of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) is to bring countries together to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions. It was launched in December 2009.

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How is New Zealand involved in the GRA?

New Zealand is a founding member, the current GRA Secretariat, is one of the Co-Chairs of the Livestock Research Group, and was GRA Council Chair (2011-2012).

The New Zealand Government committed $45 million to the work of the GRA in 2010 and in 2016 announced a further 20 million out to June 2020 to fund research in the area of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in pasture based temporal livestock systems.

New Zealand is represented in the GRA by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), working closely with the environment and climate change groups from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). MPI contracts the NZAGRC to manage New Zealand’s involvement in the Livestock Research Group and New Zealand’s GRA science research activities.

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What is the GRA Livestock Research Group?

The Livestock Research Group (LRG) is focused on reducing the emissions intensity of livestock production systems and increasing the quantity of carbon stored in soils supporting those systems.

The LRG is co-chaired by NZAGRC Director Dr Harry Clark and Dr Sinead Waters from Teagasc Ireland.

The LRG Vision is to:

  1. Increase agriculture production with lower emissions
  2. Improve global cooperation in research & technology
  3. Work with farmers and partners to provide knowledge

Read below for details on the workings of the LRG and GRA.

For more information on the group check out the December 2018 LRG newsletter at: https://globalresearchalliance.org/n/livestock-research-group-newsletter-december-2018/ 

International work update

The NZAGRC continues to deliver a wide range of services to the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), which has 56 member countries around the world.

A large portion of the NZAGRC’s support is in acting as contracting agent for the New Zealand Government’s GRA investment in research including supporting international funds such as FACCE-JPI’s ERA-GAS, and its own Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (GPLER) as well as targeted investments across the LRG’s research priorities.

Active GRA projects reporting to the NZAGRC as contracting agent for MPI are listed in the following table along with the lead New Zealand provider and main contact point. 

GRA Enteric Fermentation Flagship

Rumen microbiomes to predict methane

AgResearch Limited

Suzanne Rowe

 

FACCE-JPI/ERA-GAS

Predicting appropriate GHG mitigation strategies based on modelling variables that contribute to ruminant environmental impact

AgResearch Limited

Graeme Attwood

Refining direct fed microbials (DFM) and silage inoculants for reduction of methane emissions from ruminants

AgResearch Limited

Graeme Attwood

Capturing Effects of Diet on Emissions from Ruminant Systems

AgResearch Limited

Cecile de Klein

Mitigating Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions by improved pH management of soils

University of Otago

Sergio Morales

Wise use of drained peatlands in a bio-based economy: development of improved assessment practices and sustainable techniques for mitigation of greenhouse gases

University of Waikato

David Campbell

Barriers to adoption of no-cost mitigation options

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust

David Fleming

 

GPLER

Reducing hydrogen and methyl-compound production to mitigate rumen methane

AgResearch Limited

Graeme Attwood

Antibody binding to antigenic targets in the rumen

AgResearch Limited

Neil Wedlock

Rumen microbiomes to predict methane

AgResearch Limited

Suzanne Rowe

MANAGEMENT OPTIONS FOR INCREASING SOIL CARBON UNDER GRASSLANDS

Landcare Research New Zealand Limited

Pete Millard

Chemical di-nitrogen formation bypassing nitrous oxide

Landcare Research New Zealand Limited

Andrew McMillan

Discovery of New Nitrification Inhibitors to Mitigate Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Grazed Pasture Systems

Lincoln University

Hong Di

The N2O switch

Lincoln University

Tim Clough

Mitigating N2O emissions by optimising irrigation management

Lincoln University

Tim Clough

Discovery of new nitrification inhibitors: Phase II

Lincoln University

Hong Di

Full inversion tillage to accelerate soil C sequestration

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited

Mike Beare

Farming microbes for better farms: biostimulating non-denitrifying nitrous oxide reducers

University of Otago

Sergio Morales

Reducing nitrous oxide emissions from urine patches through accelerating nitrous oxide reduction

University of Otago

Sergio Morales

 

LRG Priority Projects

Good practice guidelines for enteric methane measurement methodologies

AgResearch Limited

Arjan Jonker

Updating the existing Nitrous Oxide Chamber Methodology Guidelines

AgResearch Limited

Cecile de Klein

Nitrous oxide and methane emissions associated with high metabolisable energy forage

AgResearch Limited

Paul Newton

Mapping and managing urine patches to reduce nitrous oxide emissions

Landcare Research New Zealand Limited

Surinder Saggar

Understanding the effects of variation in individual animal production on greenhouse gas emissions

Massey University

Ian Yule

Delivering methane inhibitors to pasture-fed ruminants

Research Trust of Victoria University Wellington

Emily Parker

The consequences of full-inversion tillage for nitrous oxide emissions

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited

Mike Beare

Establishment of a Database and Inventory Refinement for GHG emissions associated with Manure

AgResearch Limited

Tony van der Weerden

Profitable, low GHG emitting grazing-based dairy systems in Costa Rica - Workshop

AgResearch Limited

Liz Wedderburn

 

The NZAGRC also leads a number of high profile GRA capability building projects, funded by the New Zealand Government, including across Africa; South East Asia, and Central and South America.  See separate article.  NZAGRC also administers the Government’s LEARN and GRASS awards programme, supporting a number of students and researchers . Current award recipients and their New Zealand supervisors are listed in the table below.

LEARN/GRASS

LEARN PHD: Jingfei Ren

AgResearch Limited

Paul Newton

LEARN Postdoctoral Fellow Award - Md. Ashraf Ali Biswas

AgResearch Limited

Arjan Jonker

LEARN PhD: Nannan Zhang

AgResearch Limited

Jiafa Luo

Grass Award - Franco Bilotto

AgResearch Limited

Ronaldo Vibart

GRASS Award -Adriano Nascente

Landcare Research New Zealand Limited

David Whitehead

LEARN Postdoctoral Award: Pham Hung Cuong

Landcare Research New Zealand Limited

Surinder Saggar

LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship: Chamindu Deepagoda

Lincoln University

Tim Clough

 

 


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