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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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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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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Aberdeen end of Phase 1 meeting November 2018

The UK- China CZO programme held its end of UK Phase 1 meeting in Ardoe House on the Outskirts of Aberdeen UK from 13th to 16th November 2018. This final workshop brought together research from our past 3 years of collaboration by 5 UK – China research consortia. We have made great progress developing a better understanding of the ecosystem services of soil and water resources in keys sites across China: ranging from the complex and fragile Karst ecosystems of Guizhou; the highly eroded Loess Plateau; the peri-urban agricultural soils of Shanghai; to the unique red soils of the Sunjia…

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Recent Publication on Faecal Indicators in the Karst region.

Sarah Buckerfield recently published her first paper. This paper provides (a) a review of the knowledge base underpinning E. coli as an indicator of microbial water contamination in mixed-land use karst systems, and (b) identification of research priorities to improve the utility of ​E. coli as a tool for understanding microbial contamination sources, transport mechanisms, and fate in the southwest China karst region. authors.elsevier.com/a/1XSHSB8ccgcfk Sarah is a a PhD student at Glasgow University, aligned with Karst Project (Project 1) as part of the UK- China CZO Programme and funded by IAPETUS DTP (@IapetusDTP).

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Science on Tap outreach event

A brilliant public outreach event called “Science on Tap” was hosted by Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Soil Science, in the stunning location of Taicheng Library, inside the Old City Walls, in Nanjing, China on the 24th April 2018. Science on Tap is a China-wide campaign led by UK Research and Innovation, showcasing excellence in collaborative research between China and the UK. This Science on Tap event was titled “The Critical Zone, the Earth’s sensitive skin: How human activity is transforming our soil, water and air.” The aim of the event was to communicate the idea of the Earth…

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