The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is to participate in an international conference exploring the challenges and opportunities for nitrogen research between scientists in the UK and India.
Professor Mark Sutton, a world-leading nitrogen expert from CEH and Chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative, will take part in the conference and workshops in New Delhi, from 2 to 5 October 2017, which is organised by the Newton-Bhabha Virtual Centre on Nitrogen Efficiency of Whole-cropping Systems (NEWS).
The four virtual joint centres (VJCs), which will bring together their knowledge and expertise to consider issues including agronomical and biological nitrogen use efficiency and biological nitrogen fixation, are:
- The Indo-UK Centre for the Improvement of Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Wheat (INEW),
- The India-UK Nitrogen Fixation Centre (IUNFC),
- The Cambridge-India Network for Translational Research in Nitrogen (CINTRIN) and;
- The Newton Bhabha Virtual Centre on Nitrogen Efficiency of Whole-cropping Systems (NEWS) for improved performance and resilience in agriculture.
Scientists will strive to achieve a range of goals from the four-day event such as developing a long-term vision for nitrogen research and its policy application in India. They will also seek to provide a mechanism by which India-UK science collaboration can feed into the developing science synthesis of the Indian and South Asian Nitrogen Assessment processes.
The event, which is entitled ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Nitrogen Science in India’, is being sponsored by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
In December last year it was announced that Professor Sutton will lead a US$60 million global International Nitrogen Management System (INMS) aimed at the integrated management of the nitrogen cycle for clean water and air, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and better soil and biodiversity protection.
For more information on the NEWS India-UK conference and workshops visit the dedicated webpage.
CEH published a press release on the INMS announcement which can be viewed here.
Further details of the INMS can be obtained from its website.