The Importance of Sustained Grassland and Environmental Research: A Case Study From North Wyke Research Station, UK, 1982–2017

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Blackwell, M. S. A., Jarvis, S. C., Wilkins, R. J., Beaumont, D. A., Cardenas, L. M., Chadwick, D. R., Collins, A. L., Dungait, J. A. J., Gibb, M. J., Hopkins, A., Lee, M. R. F., Misselbrook, T. H., Murray, P. J. and Tallowin, J. R. B. 2018. The Importance of Sustained Grassland and Environmental Research: A Case Study From North Wyke Research Station, UK, 1982–2017. in: Sparks, D. L. (ed.) Advances in Agronomy. Volume 149 Elsevier. pp. 161-235

AuthorsBlackwell, M. S. A., Jarvis, S. C., Wilkins, R. J., Beaumont, D. A., Cardenas, L. M., Chadwick, D. R., Collins, A. L., Dungait, J. A. J., Gibb, M. J., Hopkins, A., Lee, M. R. F., Misselbrook, T. H., Murray, P. J. and Tallowin, J. R. B.
EditorsSparks, D. L.
Abstract

This chapter reviews contributions made to agricultural and environmental science and practice from research on temperate grassland carried out from 1982 to present at
Rothamsted Research’s North Wyke Research Station, Devon, UK. It describes the evolution of the research program and demonstrates the importance of sustained, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research. North Wyke has maintained a clear research focus,alongside an ability to adapt to changing grassland and environmental research needs and funding sources, and despite having changed affiliations on several occasions. The substantial contribution to agricultural and environmental science arising from the
research station has influenced and continues to influence farm practice, research, and policy nationally and internationally. Some key topics have included nutrient cycling, farm waste management, gaseous emissions, biodiversity, grazing management,
animal production (meat and milk), and forage quality. Currently, North Wyke Research Station is leading the way on taking increasingly holistic approaches to
researching more efficient, sustainable approaches to grazing-livestock agricultural production. This involves the use of world-leading, facilities such as the North Wyke Farm Platform, comprising three farmlets, designed to test the productivity and environmental sustainability of contrasting temperate grassland beef and sheep systems. Future perspectives
highlight key challenges facing the agricultural industry including climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the growing world population. Opportunities exist to tackle these challenges through technological advances, but also through increased integration of agricultural, environmental, economic and social research. North Wyke Research Station provides an example of a research facility where such challenges can be addressed.

Page range161-235
Year of Publication2018
Book titleAdvances in Agronomy. Volume 149
PublisherElsevier
Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science
SeriesAdvances in Agronomy
ISBN978-0-12-815177-8
ISSN0065-2113
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/bs.agron.2018.01.004
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Funder project or codeS2N - Soil to Nutrition - Work package 2 (WP2) - Adaptive management systems for improved efficiency and nutritional quality
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online05 Mar 2018
Copyright licensePublisher copyright
JournalAdvances In Agronomy

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