Scenarios towards sustainability

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The AgrosceNa-UP project is a research initiative funded by the Spanish National R&D Plan with which we have sought to evaluate and propose, in coordination with the agricultural sector, management practices that lead to a reduction of environmental impacts, through the possible emission of polluting compounds into the atmosphere (ammonia) or water (nitrates) and greenhouse gases (nitrous oxide) from Spanish crop systems. In addition to reducing environmental impacts, the AgrosceNa-UP project has put the focus on economic implications of these practices, considering their impact on crop yields and the cost of inputs such as nitrogen fertilizers. It is a project that has combined scales spatial (from plot to country) and system (from crop to agri-food system) also addressing temporal trends. All this has been done seeking the actor and regional sensitivity, keeping in mind the heterogeneity of the country’s agroecosystems, as well as adaptation to climate change.

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Reducing nitrogen waste through crop and livestock reconnection

Special issue in Agricultural Systems on the reconnection between crops and livestock to reduce nitrogen waste. This special issue is…


Nitrogen use efficiency of tomorrow

This opinion article discusses the importance of considering the interaction of water and nitrogen for sustainable resource management. The effect…


How much can changes in the agro-food system reduce agricultural nitrogen losses to the environment? Example of a temperate-Mediterranean gradient

In this work, very different scenarios are developed for Portugal, Spain and France considering the objectives of the Farm to…


Investing in mini-livestock production for food security and carbon neutrality in China

This work analyzes the potential of using insects (“mini-livestock”) for human consumption and as livestock feed to reduce greenhouse gas…


Establishing long-term nitrogen response of global cereals to assess sustainable fertilizer rates

In this work, the response of cereals to fertilization is analyzed based on long-term field experiments. It is concluded that…


More efficient phosphorus use can avoid cropland expansion

In this work, the amount of phosphorus fertilizer that will be necessary to produce food in 2050 is estimated. It…


Drivers of ammonia volatilization in Mediterranean climate cropping systems

In this work, a machine learning approach has been used to predict ammonia volatilization in Mediterranean cropping systems based on…


OpenToolFlux: an open-source software for estimating gas fluxes from automatic chamber data

OpenToolFlux is a tool created to ease the processing of long series of data obtained through the measurement of Greenhouse…


Fertilization strategies for abating N pollution at the scale of a highly vulnerable and diverse semi-arid agricultural region (Murcia, Spain)

This work analyzes the efficiency of various fertilization strategies to reduce the emission of nitrogen compounds from the cultivation systems…


Nesting nitrogen budgets through spatial and system scales in the Spanish agro-food system over 26 years

In this work, nitrogen flows are estimated and analyzed in the different compartments of the Spanish agri-food system at three…

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