By 2050 there will be an estimated 9.6 billion people on the planet. To feed that many people, we will have to produce nearly twice as much food as we do now. Doing this sustainably, in an efficient, nature-friendly way, is a great challenge.

CEH's long history of research into the wide-ranging impacts of agriculture on the environment feeds into addressing this challenge. Our research ranges from the effects of pesticides on bees, to fertilisers' effect on water quality, to plants' response to nitrogen pollution.

CEH's work on agriculture


Research Facilities

DELTA ammonia and ammonium monitoring system at Forsinard
Air quality and ammonia monitoring system from CEH
Somerset Levels
Long-term strategies for the UK's largest wetland area
Simulated changes in surface ozone concentration  between 2000 and 2050 as a result of climate and emission changes for RCP4.5
Systematic evaluation of current and future ground-level ozone exposure
Mekedatu, place where the Kaveri River flows through a narrow ravine. (CC BY 2.0) By Renjith Sasidharan
Upscaling local water management interventions to inform larger-scale decision-making in the Cauvery basin, India
Docks at Liverpool
Presenting research to international audiences
Spraying fertiliser on a field
New international management system to fight nitrogen pollution
Bee visiting a flower
Most thorough review of pollinator science to date
Alpha sampler for measuring concentration of ammonia in air
Equipment for long-term monitoring of ammonia and ammonium, acid gases and aerosols
Splashing rain droplets
Relevance of AMR to environmental regulators and policymakers
Harvest rice field in Xiangtan, Hunan, China (CC BY-SA 3.0),_Hunan.JPG#filelinks
CEH signs collaboration agreement with the Hunan Provincial Agriculture Committee
Conwy catchment
Integrated hydrological and ecological monitoring and research in a varied coastal catchment