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THE ROLE OF BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLING IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF AGROFORESTRY

Objective

TO QUANTIFY THE BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLING OF NUTRIENTS AND TO DETERMINE THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE TREE, GRASS AND ANIMAL COMPONENTS OF THE SYSTEM.

THE OVERALL OBJECTIVES OF THIS PROGRAMME ARE:

1.- TO QUANTIFY AND COMPARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF A MULTIPLE LAND USE SYSTEM COMBINING ASPECTS OF FORESTRY, AGRICULTURE AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, SILVOPASTORALISM, WITH SOME OF ITS COMPONENT PARTS.

2.- TO EXAMINE IN DETAIL EFFECTS UPON PROCESSES KNOWN TO BE CRITICAL TO THE FUNCTIONING OF BIOLOGICALLY STABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY POSITIVE ECOSYSTEMS. THIS INCLUDES NUTRIENT CYCLING AND THE ABILITY OF THE SYSTEMS COMPONENTS TO OBTAIN AND CONSERVE NUTRIENTS.

3.- TO PLACE THESE ASSESSMENTS IN AN EEC CONTEXT. TO DO THIS THE WIDER PROGRAMME INVOLVES COMPONENTS FROM UK, EIRE AND GREECE WHERE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND CULTURAL CONDITIONS VARY BUT WHICH COVER RANGES APPROXIMATING TO THAT OF THE WHOLE EEC.

IN RELATION TO ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONING AND IMPACT, THE PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVES ARE:

A) TO QUANTIFY THE BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLING OF NUTRIENTS

B) TO DETERMINE THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE TREE, GRASS AND ANIMAL COMPONENTS OF THE SYSTEM

C) TO IDENTIFY THE MAJOR FACTORS INFLUENCING NUTRIENT CYCLING AND SO PRODUCE A MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH MINIMAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION.

INFORMATION ON THESE TOPICS REPRESENTS AN INNOVATION BECAUSE ALTHOUGH THE INDIVIDUAL COMPONENTS HAVE STUDIED INFORMATION ON MORE BIOLOGICALLY STABLE MULTILAND USE SYSTEMS IS RARE FOR TEMPERATE REGIONS AND UNAVAILABLE FOR SILVOPASTORAL SYSTEMS. UNDERSTANDING DEMANDS A RANDE OF TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND GEOGRAPHICAL SPREAD WHICH WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE TO A SINGLE INSTITUTE OR COUNTRY. THIS IS PROVIDED BY THE INSTITUTES INVOLVED IN THIS PROGRAMME. INTEGRATION OF METHODOLOGIES FROM ANIMAL, PLANT AND FOREST SCIENCES IS A MAJOR INNOVATION.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

An Foras Taluntais
Address
19,Sandymount Avenue
4 Dublin
Ireland