28 March 2012 - Athens - The Legume Futures consortium looks forward to communicating its results
Today, the Legume Futures Consortium’s second annual meeting concluded. All partners except one attended along with members of the Scientific Steering Committee attended the two-day gathering hosted by the Agricultural University of Athens.
The meeting was designed in particular to foster the participation of partners running field experiments. It centred on Working Groups that addressed key methodological challenges. This included a clinic organised by ZALF to give the modellers the opportunity to discuss the experimental data directly with partners providing the data. Site measurement and data handling to support the use of DNDC in the assessment of the environmental impacts was the subject of a second working group. A third examined estimating of agricultural biological nitrogen fixation in
Europe. Working groups on day 2 looked at modelling linkages and at how the experience of agronomists can be best harnessed to support case studies.
The opening overview plenary sessions reflected a year of effective work collecting data at the Legume Futures sites and it is clear that partners are fully and effectively engaged in gathering the data required for modelling. The meeting included a poster session where results from the field sites were presented. This demonstrated the breadth of experimental activities and results coming through in Legume Futures. The site-based work is progressing effectively and the earlier attention to standardising experimental methods is yielding benefits. A wealth of experimental results is emerging from sites. The project is moving from the set up and main data gathering phase into the publication phase. Attention now turns to delivering results.