Science-Policy-Practice Interface Summary sheet

A new summary sheet on the topic of ‘Science-Policy-Practice Interface’ has been produced based on the knowledge exchange research of Phase 1 project. A conceptual model of how the science-policy-practice interface works in China has been developed. Significantly-less awareness and use of two-way KE by Chinese government, scientists were identified. This summary sheet has been published on Project WeChat Platform together with the summary sheet of ‘Deep Nitrogen Accumulation and Sources’ and ‘Analysing and Simulating Spatial Patterns of Crop Yield in Guizhou’. Download the summary sheet at this link. 

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DST survey link

The UK team for phase 2 of the programme have produced an online survey about agricultural decision support tools. It was launched on Feb 1st 2021 on Wenjuan.com. Here is the link to the survey https://www.wenjuan.com/s/em2ENfU/ This questionnaire aims to understand the needs, habits and preference in the use and development of DST to support evidence-based decision making and promote decision support tools for agricultural management in China. We hope that civil servants, researchers, and relevant personnel engaged in agricultural work will participate in the survey. This survey was also disseminated via the growing WeChat Account: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/ev1324PYQwbFSd5jehvgYA please do join…

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New research paper

Dr Boyi Liang from Peking University completed a visiting fellowship at the University of Exeter that was aligned to MIDST. Boyi Liang worked on the WOFOST DST which simulates crop production. He has been parameterising for maize, rice, tobacco, soya bean and potatoes. He produced a paper using neural networks to predict crop yield. The publication was published in in Progress in Physical Geography Earth and Environment.  While Boyi was in the UK he made use of Ian Bateman’s experience and incorporate investment model into his work. He continues to conduct CZO research complementary to the project. Liang, B.Y., Liu, H.Y., Quine, T.A., Chen, X.Q., Hallett,…

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UK-China CZO WeChat public account

The UK-China CZO WeChat public account has been established to disseminate scientific findings and policy recommendations to Chinese audiences. The potential audiences include academics, policymakers, and industry partners. We have posted 13 WeChat articles to date and the subscriber numbers are growing. WeChat articles cover the animations, summary Sheets, the published academic papers and dissemination of DST survey. Please do join our WeChat group to keep up to date with the most recent outputs from the program. It would be great if you could share the link to your network to help grow the group.

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MIDST-CZO Newsletter #5

The 5th MIDST-CZO Newsletter summarizes activity over the last year and how the project has adapted through the restrictions due to COVID-19. Planned knowledge exchange activities in China in 2020 were replaced by online activities. From April 2020, UK partners have been working remotely from home. NERC/Newton Fund provided a no-cost extension to the project of 12 months, so it will now complete in March 2022. Find out more in the newsletter.

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Report from the Nanjing Meeting 2019

MIDST Co-hosted the “Symposium on the experience and problems of the efficient use of soil, fertiliser and water in the Yangtze River Economic Belt” along with the Station of Farmland Quality and Agricultural Environment Protection of Jiangsu Province in Nanjing, China between November 21st and 23rd. The meeting was attended by 300+ people comprising mainly applied agricultural scientists. Our symposium had a number of very relevant talks for DST developments. There were 10 talks that covered new fertilisers, machinery, environmental concerns and farmer engagement. Dr Ying Zheng finished the talks in the session by providing an overview of the MIDST…

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MIDST newsletter #4

The 4th Newsletter summarized out put from two important meetings. The first is the MIDST team co hosting a session at an Agriculture meeting in Nanjing, China in November 2019. The second meeting was a full a UK team meeting in January 2020 at the start of the second year of the project. The aim of the meeting was to review the work completed in the first year, understand where we are at in relation to the proposed work in the proposal and set actions for the year ahead. The meeting was attended by 15 people in the room with 5 more…

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Press release for the start of MIDST-CZO Phase 2

MIDST-CZO: Working with China to find solutions to soil degradation and water pollution   Arguably the deepest ever study of agricultural impacts to soil and water in China was recently completed in joint China-UK projects funded by the National Science Foundation of China and the Natural Environmental Research Council of the UK.  One project on the Loess Plateau drilled boreholes up to 200 m deep and found nitrogen levels equivalent to more than 20 years of fertiliser application.  In the Karst area of southwest China, 1-2 million tonnes of nitrogen were estimated to be lost each year through the cavernous limestone that lies beneath.  In red soils in southeast China, 80-90% of unaccounted nitrogen was found below a…

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