e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture

A bibliometric study

The e-ROSA project seeks to build a shared vision of a future sustainable e-infrastructure for research and education in agriculture in order to promote Open Science in this field and as such contribute to addressing related societal challenges. In order to achieve this goal, e-ROSA’s first objective is to bring together the relevant scientific communities and stakeholders and engage them in the process of coelaboration of an ambitious, practical roadmap that provides the basis for the design and implementation of such an e-infrastructure in the years to come.

This website highlights the results of a bibliometric analysis conducted at a global scale in order to identify key scientists and associated research performing organisations (e.g. public research institutes, universities, Research & Development departments of private companies) that work in the field of agricultural data sources and services. If you have any comment or feedback on the bibliometric study, please use the online form.

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The effect of nitrogen fertilization and no-till duration on soil nitrogen supply power and postspring thaw greenhouse-gas emissions


With a world population now > 7 billion, it is imperative to conserve the arable land base, which is increasingly being leveraged by global demands for producing food, feed, fiber, fuel, and facilities (i.e., infra-structure needs). The objective of this study was to determine the effect of varying fertilizer-N rates on soil N availability, mineralization, and CO2 and N2O emissions of soils collected at adjacent locations with contrasting management histories: native prairie, short-term (10 y), and long-term (32 y) no-till continuous-cropping systems receiving five fertilizer-N rates (0, 30, 60, 90, and 120kg N ha1) for the previous 9 y on the same plots. Intact soil cores were collected from each site after snowmelt, maintained at field capacity, and incubated at 20 degrees C for 6 weeks. Weekly assessments of soil nutrient availability along with CO2 and N2O emissions were completed. There was no difference in cumulative soil N supply between the unfertilized long-term no-till and native prairie soils, while annual fertilizer-N additions of 120kg N ha1 were required to restore the N-supplying power of the short-term no-till soil to that of the undisturbed native prairie soil. The estimated cumulative CO2-C and N2O-N emissions among soils ranged from 231.8474.7 g m2 to 183.9862.5 mg m2, respectively. Highest CO2 fluxes from the native prairie soil are consistent with its high organic matter content, elevated microbial activity, and contributions from root respiration. Repeated applications of 60kg N ha1 resulted in greater residual inorganic-N levels in the long-term no-till soil, which supported larger N2O fluxes compared to the unfertilized control. The native prairie soil N2O emissions were equal to those from both short- and long-term no-till soils receiving repeated fertilizer-N applications at typical agronomic rates (e.g., 90kg N ha1). Eighty-eight percent of the native soil N2O flux was emitted during the first 2 weeks and is probably characteristic of rapid denitrification rates during the dormant vegetative period after snowmelt within temperate native grasslands. There was a strong correlation (R-2 0.64; p < 0.03) between measured soil Fe-supply rate and N2O flux, presumably due to anoxic microsites within soil aggregates resulting from increased microbial activity. The use of modern no-till continuous diversified cropping systems, along with application of fertilizer N, enhances the soil N-supplying power over the long-term through the build-up of mineralizable N and appears to be an effective management strategy for improving degraded soils, thus enhancing the productive capacity of agricultural ecosystems. However, accounting for N2O emissions concomitant with repeated fertilizer-N applications is imperative for properly assessing the net global warming potential of any land-management system.

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  • Univ_Saskatchewan (CA)
  • AAFC_Agr_&_Agri_Food_Canada (CA)
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    Agriculture keywords
    • agriculture
    • crop system
    Data topic
    • information systems
    • decision support
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    Institutions 10 co-publis
    • Univ_Saskatchewan (CA)
    • AAFC_Agr_&_Agri_Food_Canada (CA)
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    e-ROSA - e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730988.
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