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Whilst the concept of ecosystem service is relatively new, the importance and benefits of natural grasslands to the environment has been long established. These complex bio-diverse ecosystems, as well as sustaining rich communities of flora and fauna, provide a range of environmental benefits including water, nutrient, and carbon capture. However, the perpetuity of natural grasslands and their associated benefits are under increased threat from pressures to feed and house our increasing population, urban expansion, and also through climate change. Regular ploughing and re-sowing of grasslands has led to soil erosion, depletion of scarce nutrient resources, pollution of our waterways, and releases of harmful greenhouse gases, the latter in particular exacerbated by livestock agriculture. A response is necessary both to reduce negativee impacts of agriculture on the environment and wherever possible to engineer a positive ecosystem service. The genomic and phenomic diversity available in grass and clover species and further access to novel variants through hybridisation with wild-type relatives with suitable technologies to assist in their selection, provide alternatives to current plant varieties and increased capacity for efficient and ‛climate-smart’ agricultural practice. Holistic approaches to plant breeding can produce varieties that both safeguard agricultural production and provide some valuable ecosystem service.
|Title of host publication||EGF at 50: the Future of European Grasslands|
|Subtitle of host publication||Grassland Science in Europe|
|Publisher||Gwasg Gomer | Gomer Press|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - Sept 2014|
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Roots for the Future- A systematic approach to root design - SUREROOT
Humphreys, M., Marley, C., Collins, R., Doonan, J., Hegarty, M., Scollan, N. & Yadav, R.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
01 Apr 2014 → 31 Mar 2019
Project: Externally funded research