Scottish climate change researchers are exploring ways that farmers could reduce emissions from nitrogen fertiliser use. Led by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and funded by ClimateXChange, the project forms part of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan.
The plan specifically highlights nitrogen fertiliser as a potential area of improvement and suggests this could be achieved through a combination of improved understanding, efficient application and improved soil condition.
The new research will be led by Dr. Sarah Buckingham and will include input from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
It will review and evaluate various input-output models to understand how a nitrogen-budgeting approach might support the delivery of emissions reductions in practice.
Announcing the research, Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon said: “We want farmers to move towards a more profitable, low carbon future, which adapts to the changing environment and contributes to our climate change ambitions while securing business viability for future generations.