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An investigation of the effects of increasing concentrations of atmospheric CO2 and changing climate on natural and managed grassland communities in Europe using open-top and closed chambers

Objective

To estimate the future impact of "greenhouse effect" on European vegetation, both managed and natural; to investigate the interactions of the "greenhouse effect" with water stress, nutrient availability and plant competition.


- Determination of the sensitivity of plant growth to the combined effects of changes in CO2 concentrations and climate variables.
- Development of a crop-weather simulation model incorporating bith direct and indirect effects of elevated CO2 levels on grassland species.
A series of experiments will be performed at six different locations in Europe to investigate the growth and physiological response of grasses and legumes grown at ambient and elevetad CO2 concentrations.
Some of the experiments will be using open-top field chambers and two will use closed chambers.

Coordinator

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN HEREINAFTER TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Ireland

Participants (6)

Accademia Economico Agraria dei Georgofili
Italy
Address
8,Via Giovanni Caproni 8
50122 Firenze
BBSRC Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research
United Kingdom
Address
Aberystwyth Research Centre Plas Gogerddan
SY23 3EB Aberystwyth
GSF-Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit GmbH
Germany
Address
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1
85758 Oberschleissheim
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
C/o Bush Estate
EH26 0QB Penicuik
NERC Institute of Terrestrial Ecology
United Kingdom
Address
Deiniol Road
LL57 2UW Bangor
National Power plc
United Kingdom
Address
Kelvin Avenue
KT22 7SE Leatherhead