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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Guizhou Karst area knowledge exchange report

A Knowledge Exchange survey and interview research was carried out in Guizhou’s karst area. This research sought to understand the current ways in which Chinese leaders and farmers learn from scientists and what are key issues facing them that the red soil CZ research can help with. This report documents the findings of the needs of local farmers, their farming practices and understanding of landscape processes, along with learning preferences of different public groups (farmers and village, town and country leaders). An English copy of the report can be found (Guizhou Report) or from the OSF project page here. A Chinese copy…

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Jiangxi’s red soil Knowledge Exchange report

Following on the early stage of exploration in Guizhou’s karst area (Guizhou report), similar KE survey and interview research was carried out in Jiangxi’s red soil landscape in March 2018. This research sought to understand the current ways in which Chinese leaders and farmers learn from scientists and what are key issues facing them that the red soil CZ research can help with. This report documents the findings of the needs of local farmers, their farming practices and understanding of landscape processes, along with learning preferences of different public groups (farmers and village, town and country leaders). A copy of the…

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Summary Report of China – UK Knowledge Exchange Project.

Supplementary funding was gained to add a knowledge exchange component to the UK-China Critical zone programme. This study explores what knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange activities can facilitate communication and understanding between academics and the non-academic groups in these CZ research area in the context of Chinese culture, especially in Chinese rural areas. “With two-years research, better understanding has been developed of the Knowledge Exchange dynamic and science-policy-practice interface in China rural areas. Now this gained understanding can allow us to consider the existing pathway to impacts of each Critical Zone project and make suggestions of amendments which may make these…

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Recent SPECTRA – Karst publications

The programme is in its third year (final year of the UK side of Phase 1) and as such publications are being published. Below is a list of recent publications made by researchers within the SPECTRA – Karst team (Project 3) within the UK- China CZO Programme. Publications: Dandan, L., Zhang, X., Green, S.M., Dungait, J.A.J, Wen, X., Tang, Y., Guo, Zhiming, Yang, Y., sun, Xiaomin, Quine, T.A. 2018. Natural vegetation recovery of abandoned sloping farmland influences nitrogen functional genes within soil profiles at the Puding Karst Critical Zone observatory, SW China. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 125, 93-102. PDF   Ma, M.,…

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