Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) coordinates Legume Futures. The SRUC is the UK’s leading combined agricultural research, education and consultancy organisation servicing the land-based industries both nationally and internationally. Its 900 staff provide research and consultancy services to small and medium-sized enterprises, corporate clients, local and regional authorities and state agencies and departments. In support of Legume futures, SRUC has well established policy-led research themes including:
Sustainable cropping systems that improve environmental and crop performance.
Measurement and modelling of greenhouse gas emissions from farming systems.
Economic impacts and the costing of mitigation abatement for greenhouse gas emission in farming systems.
SRUC places a high priority on knowledge transfer and has a close working relationship with the farming industry. SRUC staff have extensive experience of successful involvement with and management of European Framework projects (e.g. Greengrass, Redmed, NitroEurope).
The SRUC is the overall coordinator of Legume Futures (Dr Bob Rees) and also provides scientific coordination (Dr Christine Watson). Dr Kairsty Topp leads WP6 (biophysical modelling). The SRUC is involved in all other WPs and contributes two sets of site data and two case studies. Dr Valentini Pappa conducts contributes to research on nitrous oxide emissions and Dr Robin Walker is involved in field studies. Dr Dominic Moran conducts research on the economic costs of GHG mitigation options and Dr Jos Houdijk provides support in animal nutrition questions.
Ball, B.C., Bingham, I., Rees, R.M., Watson, C.A. and Litterick, A. 2005. The role of crop rotations in determining soil structure and crop growth conditions. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 85, 557-577.
Berry, P.M., Stockdale, E.A., Sylvester-Bradley, R., Philipps, L., Smith, K.A., Lord, E.I., Watson, C.A. and Fortune, S. 2003. N, P and K budgets for crop rotations on nine organic farms in the UK. Soil Use and Man, 19, 112-118.
Curran, M. and Moran, D. 2006 Impact of the FTSE4 Good on Firm Price: An event study. Journal of Environmental Management 82, 529-537
Jones, S.K., Rees, R.M., Skiba, U.M. and Ball, B.C. 2005. Greenhouse gas emissions from a managed grassland. Global and Planetary Change, 47, 201-211.
Moran D, and Fofana A. An economic evaluation of the control of three notifiable fish diseases in the United Kingdom. Prev Vet Med. 2007 Jul 16;80(2-3):193-208. Epub 2007 Mar 27.
Rees, R.M., Bingham, I.J., Baddeley, J.A.&Watson, C.A. 2005. The role of plants and land management in sequestering soil carbon in temperate arable and grassland ecosystems. Geoderma, 128, 130-154.
Topp, C.F.E., Stockdale, E.A., Watson, C.A. and Rees, R.M. 2007 Estimating resource use efficiencies in organic agriculture: a review of budgeting approaches used. J Sci Food and Ag, 87, 2782-2790.
Watson, C.A., Atkinson, D., Gosling, P., Jackson, L.R. and Rayns, F.W. 2002a. Managing soil fertility in organic farming systems. Soil Use and Management, 18, 239-247.
Watson, C.A., Bengtsson, H., Ebbesvik, M., Loes, A.K., Myrbeck, A., Salomon, E., Schroder, J. and Stockdale, E.A. 2002b. A review of farm-scale nutrient budgets for organic farms as a tool for management of soil fertility. Soil Use and Management, 18, 264-273.