Navigation Links
NIFA announces grants to study the effects of climate change on agricultural and forest production
Date:2/18/2011

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded three Coordinated Agriculture Projects (CAP) representing a major scientific investment in studying the effects of climate change on agriculture and forest production. NIFA Director Roger Beachy made the announcement today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.

"Climate change has already had an impact on agriculture production. Going forward agriculture producers need sound scientific information to plan and make decisions to ensure their economic viability," Beachy said. "These projects ensure we have the best available tools to accurately measure the effects of climate change on agriculture, develop effective methods to sustain productivity in a changing environment and pass these resources on to the farmers and industry professionals who can put the research into practice."

A research team led by Dr. Tim Martin, of the University of Florida, will receive $20 million over five years to study climate change mitigation and adaptation as it relates to southern pines, particularly loblolly pine, which comprises 80 percent of the planted forestland in the Southeast. The team of 12 institutions will establish a regional network to monitor the effects of climate change and use the information to develop genetic breeding programs to breed plants that can adapt to changes in climate.

The project will train seven postdoctoral associates and 29 graduate students and also deliver educational resources and training to landowners, resource managers and policymakers.

A team led by Dr. Sanford Eigenbrode, of the University of Idaho, will receive $20 million over five years to monitor changes in soil carbon and nitrogen levels and greenhouse gas emissions related to mitigation of and adaptation to climate change in the region's agriculture, which produces 13 percent of the nation's wheat supply and 80 percent of its specialty soft white wheat for export. The research team will also determine the effects of current and potential alternative cropping systems on greenhouse gas emissions, carbon, nitrogen and water-levels, as well as energy budgets and local and regional farm income impacts, using models and replicated field trials. The team is composed of researchers from the University of Idaho, Washington State University, Oregon State University and USDA's Agricultural Research Service.

In addition, Eigenbrode's team will introduce innovative agricultural approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation into K-12, undergraduate and graduate curricula to prepare citizens and professionals for climate-related challenges and defining agriculture's role in providing food, energy and ecosystem services.

Dr. Lois Wright Morton, of Iowa State University, will receive $20 million over five years to lead a team that will estimate the carbon, nitrogen and water footprints of corn production in the Midwest; producers in this region represent 64 percent of the nation's grain corn and 37 percent of the corn silage. The team will then evaluate the impacts of various crop management practices when various climate models are applied. The Iowa State project, which includes researchers from 11 institutions in nine states, will integrate education and outreach components across all aspects of the project, specifically focusing on a place-based education and outreach program called "I-FARM." This interactive tool will help the team analyze the economic, agronomic and social acceptability of using various crop management practices to adapt and mitigate to the effects of climate change.

NIFA made the awards through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) funding opportunity. AFRI's Climate Change challenge area is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems and preparing the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to changing climates. CAP projects bring together teams of researchers that represent various geographic areas and minority-serving institutions, to support discovery and applications and promote communication leading to innovative, science-based solutions to critical and emerging national priorities and needs.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jennifer Martin
jmartin@nifa.usda.gov
202-720-8188
United States Department of Agriculture - Research, Education and Economics
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. FASEB announces the 2011 Summer Research Conference series: Registration is now open
2. Aware Announces Appointment of New Directors
3. Aware, Inc. Announces Q4 and FY2010 Earnings Conference Call
4. Weikang Bio-Technology Announces Completion of $5.0 Million Private Placement
5. MedNet Solutions Announces Significant Enhancements to ENLIGHTEN, Its Flagship EDC / eClinical Solution
6. BTER Foundation announces winners of the William S. Baer Award
7. MedNet Solutions Announces Significant Enhancements to ENLIGHTEN, Its Flagship EDC / eClinical Solution
8. Tufts announces public launch of the Tufts Institute for Biomedical Partnerships website/HUB
9. Weikang Bio-Technology Announces Completion of $5.0 Million Private Placement
10. 23andMe sarcoma research community reaches 500 and announces Sarcoma Scientific Advisory Committee
11. Aware, Inc. Announces Q4 and FY2010 Earnings Conference Call
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/27/2017)... 2017   Strategic Cyber Ventures , the industry,s ... a $3.5 million investment in  Polarity , the first ... is DC based and is led by cybersecurity veterans ... Ron Gula , also a longtime cybersecurity veteran ... this series A round of funding. This new funding ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... Spain , Feb. 24, 2017  EyeLock LLC, a ... demonstrate its elite iris biometric solution on the ... X16 LTE at Mobile World Congress 2017 ... Qualcomm,s Booth in Hall 3, Stand 3E10. ... the Qualcomm Haven™ security platform—a combination of ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ARMONK, N.Y. and PORTLAND, Ore. ... IBM ) and the Avamere Family of Companies (Avamere ... Care) today announced a six-month research study that will ... caregivers improve eldercare at senior living and health centers. ... facilities, Avamere hopes to gain insights into physical and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... VILLAGE, Colo. , March 23, 2017  Agriculture ... in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize ... Cool Planet is focused on developing products that are ... nearly $30 million in the last 18 months. This ... and North Bridge Venture Partners. The ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... 22, 2017  Ascendis Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ASND), ... technology to address significant unmet medical needs in ... full year ended December 31, 2016. ... company as we broadened our pipeline and pursued ... disease company with an initial focus on endocrinology," ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ALBANY, New York , March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... market is largely fragmented, states a research report by ... Sanofi S.A., Pfizer Inc., Amgen Inc., and AbbVie Inc., ... market in 2015. The prominent players in this market ... to expand their product portfolio, which is likely to ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 21, 2017 , ... Premier executive recruitment firm, Slone Partners, is ... by Hunt Scanlon Media. , Hunt Scanlon Media is one of the ... global news source in the human capital sector. , “It is a great honor ...
Breaking Biology Technology: