Ozone pollution: A hidden threat to crop production

Centre for Ecology & hydrology - ICP ozone damage on bean plant

Ozone damage on bean plant

Date:

Sign-up for the 24 - 26 September 2019 course has now closed. CEH is likely to run a similar course again in 2020

Location & Venue:

CEH Bangor, Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW, Wales, UK. Location map & travel directions

Cost:

There will be bursaries for free places, travel & accommodation for people from overseas countries. We will publish details nearer the time

  • £49 for participants from qualifying ODA countries, including those from African countries who have not been awarded a free place. Accommodation and travel costs are not included in this price.
  • £599 for participants from non-ODA countries (UK & EU & other non-ODA overseas countries). Refreshments and meals (including evening meals) on days, 1, 2 and 3 are included in this price. Accommodation and travel costs are not included in this price.

Short course description:

This three-day course will train participants in recognising ozone injury on crops and raise awareness of the threat of ozone pollution on food production. Options for mitigation of impacts and further knowledge exchange with stakeholders will be explored. Further information about the course can be found below.

Course aims: 

  1. Raise awareness of the threat of ozone pollution to food production in Sub-Saharan Africa
  2. Improve knowledge of the identification of ozone impacts on crops, present options for mitigating impacts
  3. Provide knowledge and tools for stakeholder engagement (e.g. crop producers, farmers, policy makers) 


Learning outcomes:

  • Improved awareness and knowledge on ozone impacts on crops
  • Quantifying ozone-induced leaf damage on crops
  • Using the ICP Vegetation smartphone App  to record and collate data on the occurrence of visible ozone damage in the field
  • Options for mitigating adverse impacts through crop management adjustments
  • Ozone risk assessment methodologies to identify and map areas at risk
  • Options for improved stakeholder engagement

Accommodation:

Not included in price. Please book your own accommodation (We suggest you search for "Hotel Bangor" or "B&B Bangor" or select a hotel from list provided on registration)

You may find this guide to accommodation near our Bangor site useful

Places:

12 (we will allocate five free places to researchers from overseas developing countries)

Level:

Intermediate - Prior experience needed:

  • Knowledge of impacts of environmental stresses on crop yield

  • Stakeholder engagement (e.g. crop producers, farmers, policy makers)

 

Course Leader: 

Other trainers:

  • Dr Felicity Hayes, Plant ecophysiologist, CEH, Manager of CEH’s Air pollution and climate change research facility
  • Dr Katrina Sharps, GIS and statistics specialist, CEH

Target Audience: 

Crop scientists with knowledge of impacts of environmental stresses on plants and involvement in stakeholder engagement 

More detail & background: 

CEH ozone facility

The course is funded as part of the CEH SUNRISE  project, supporting global sustainable development and contributing to several UN Sustainable Development Goals. The course is being provided by members of the Coordination Centre for the ICP Vegetation, an International Cooperative Programme studying the impacts of air pollution on crops and (semi-)natural vegetation. The programme reports to the United Nation's Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP). It involves scientists from ca. 50 countries. 

As part of our outreach activities, we aim to raise awareness and improve knowledge of the threat of ozone pollution to global food production. A list of recent scientific publications can be found here.

 

 

Outline course structure

Day one

  • Introductions and background information
  • Ozone impacts on yield of African crops
  • Ozone-induced leaf injury and app
  • Visit to the CEH ozone exposure systems and ozone injury assessment
  • Analysis of ozone injury data

Day two

  • Ozone uptake by crops
  • Interactions with climate change and fertilization
  • Options for mitigating adverse impacts of ozone on crop yield
  • Experience of participants with stakeholder engagement: how to improve stakeholder participation and knowledge transfer?
  • Identification of barriers and ways to overcome them
  • Training each other

Day three:

  • Ozone risk assessments: modelling and mapping areas at risk
  • Evidence of impacts of ozone in support of policy development
  • Identifying gaps in knowledge
  • Raising awareness of ozone as a threat to food production
  • Actions required to improve knowledge exchange and pathways to impact
  • Ideas for a workshop with stakeholders in Africa

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