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Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and ammonia on agricultural holdings

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.02.02  Biotechnical sciences  Animal production  Animal nutrition 

Code Science Field
B400  Biomedical sciences  Zootechny, animal husbandry, breeding 

Code Science Field
4.02  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Animal and Dairy science 
Keywords
greenhouse gases, ammonia, emissions, climate change mitigation
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (21)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  05658  PhD Drago Babnik  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  361 
2.  34637  Janez Bergant  Plant production  Technician  2018 - 2020  167 
3.  50008  Jože Glad    Technician  2018 - 2020 
4.  00371  PhD Viktor Jejčič  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  1,149 
5.  12010  PhD Janez Jeretina  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  400 
6.  17518  Marko Kodra    Technician  2018 - 2020 
7.  34256  PhD Aleš Kolmanič  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  234 
8.  05624  Mojca Koman-Rajšp  Animal production  Technician  2018 - 2020  46 
9.  29500  PhD Robert Leskovšek  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  206 
10.  15194  PhD Alenka Levart  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  309 
11.  25012  MSc Ben Moljk  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  349 
12.  15254  PhD Tatjana Pirman  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  534 
13.  16055  Peter Podgoršek  Animal production  Technician  2018 - 2020  249 
14.  11087  MSc Tomaž Poje  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  2,112 
15.  20082  PhD Vida Rezar  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  297 
16.  00886  PhD Janez Salobir  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  625 
17.  17757  Janez Sušin  Plant production  Technician  2018 - 2020  745 
18.  10035  PhD Jože Verbič  Animal production  Principal Researcher  2018 - 2020  920 
19.  17853  Barbara Zagorc  Plant production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  352 
20.  29727  Andreja Žabjek  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  171 
21.  22606  PhD Tomaž Žnidaršič  Animal production  Researcher  2018 - 2020  183 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0401  Agricultural institute of Slovenia  Ljubljana  5055431  19,887 
2.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  64,118 
Abstract
In Slovenia, agriculture contributes 10.4% of greenhouse gas and 96.8% of ammonia emissions. The ratification of the Paris Agreement and the new NEC Directive (Directive 2016/2284) will significantly increase commitments in the area of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions. The ambitious targets were also announced by the European Commission for the Common Agricultural Policy in the period 2021-2027. The aim of the proposed project is a) to review and evaluate the existing indicators for assessing the effectiveness of the measures taken by the Rural Development Program in the area of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and to propose additional / new indicators, b) to explore the possibilities of quantifying the effects of the measures and to prepare a methodology for their assessment, c) to identify the possibilities for reducing the emissions of methane, nitrous oxide and ammonia by the means of animal diet adaptation, by improved practices of livestock manure storage and fertilization of agricultural crops and to estimate the potential effects of their introduction in Slovenia and d) to prepare the description of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ammonia in farms which could be financed under the Rural Development Program beyond 2020.
Significance for science
The project is focused on development of concrete solutions for reducing greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and the development of a methodology for assessing their effects. These solutions will be adapted to the specific conditions of Slovenian agriculture (small farms, fragmentation of agricultural land, large proportion of grasslands in the structure of agricultural land), for which we can not expect that could be obtained from elsewhere. We the proposed approach to mitigation of emissions in specific conditions, like in Slovenia, will also be of international interest.   The project will also contribute to strengthening the expert capabilities in the field of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and to establishing closer cooperation among researchers. The project brings together researchers from various fields (general animal husbandry and agriculture, animal nutrition, plant nutrition, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering) and various institutions (Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Biotechnical Faculty). The area of greenhouse gas emissions and ammonia is very complex. With this, the project will also contribute to expanding the horizon of participating researchers and to improving the skills to comprehensively solve complex problems.
Significance for the country
With the project proposal, the we respond directly to the topic of public call »Reducing greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions on agricultural holdings«. We expect that the results will improve the efforts of agricultural policy in the field of emissions into the air, thereby contributing to the actual reduction of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions in agriculture. In addition to long-term effects (climate change mitigation), the proposed solutions will also have direct effects, such as improving the nitrogen efficiency in crop production and protein in animal production and improving the feed efficiency in farm animals. This will contribute to improving the competitiveness of Slovenian agriculture, increasing self-sufficiency in food and water protection.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2019, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2019, final report
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