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Professor Hong Di's GRASS Award exchange report

Professor Di took up the GRASS Award in China between the 14 December 2011 and 3 March 2012.

The main objective of his Fellowship was to conduct collaborative research on nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from agricultural soils and the inhibition of ammonia oxidising bacteria (AOB) and ammonia oxidising archaea (AOA) by the nitrification inhibitor dicyandiamide (DCD) to mitigate N2O emissions.

There is considerable interest in the use of nitrification inhibitors to mitigate N2O emissions in China so the GRASS Award provided an opportunity for us to conduct collaborative research, share our research experiences, and exchange ideas on the use of nitrification inhibitors to mitigate N2O emissions in agricultural soils.

Professor Di said 'the GRASS Award has been extremely valuable enabling me to work in person in the Chinese laboratories to conduct collaborative research, have informative discussions, exchange views and ideas on N2O research and the use of DCD to mitigate emissions, prepare joint grant applications, and contribute to joint publications."

In addition, the joint research project conducted will provide fundamental knowledge on the origins of N2O, the role played by ammonia oxidising microbial communities, and the efficacy of DCD in inhibiting the AOs and in reducing N2O emissions. The joint publications will enhance New Zealand’s reputation in this area, particularly in China. The knowledge gained through the joint research projects, exchanges and publications, will complement, inform and enhance similar research in New Zealand.  Hopefully these collaborations will lead to improved solutions to the biggest challenge that humanity is faced with today – climate change.

Professor Di said "I hope more scientists will take up this Award to enhance research collaborations among different scientists in New Zealand and other countries. Climate change is a global issue and it will require concerted efforts of all the nations on this planet to minimize its impact. Collaboration of scientists from different countries is an important part of this concerted effort."

Download a copy of the report heredocx Di_HJ_Report of the GRASS Award public version... (0.23MB) 

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