New research could save significant water use in crop irrigation

Research led by CEH could help improve the estimates of the amount of water needed for crop irrigation, helping to alleviate both water stress and food security issues in many regions by allowing more efficient irrigation across more land. The results have worldwide implication, as irrigation uses 70% of freshwater resources globally. The studies, published in the journal Irrigation and Drainage, were completed as part of the EU-funded Water4Crops project. Lead author Dr Ragab Ragab of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology explains more:

Plants and pollution removal - estimating the value

There is continued interest from government and the public in recent work done by CEH for the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The ONS has just released an article looking in more detail at our air pollution estimates report and how plants can play a vital role in pollution removal leading to potential health benefits.

Microplastics - a review of existing knowledge

CEH ecotoxicologist, Alice Horton, delivered a lecture entitled ‘Microplastics – what we know?’ at the CIWEM Priority Substances and Micro-Pollutants in London on September 14, 2017.

In this recording, Alice provides a primer on microplastics, then reviews existing knowledge regarding the key sources of microplastics through to environmental fate and associated ecological and human health impacts. She also provides a background to UK policy.

Mapping Knotweed risk using citizen science

Japanese Knotweed is considered a nuisance plant, damaging buildings and other manmade structures. Recent changes to the process of buying and selling property mean that more and more people are having to consider whether this plant is present on, or near to, their building. The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has recently been involved in a project to produce Knotweed risk ratings for all British postcodes. Read on as Dr Oliver Pescott reveals more!


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