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Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences encompasses a broad range of interests including fundamental studies of ecosystem processes such as microbiology, soil science and geochemistry and environmental processes related to soil, air and water pollution. Our agricultural research focuses on improving agricultural production systems, enhancing agricultural sustainability and addressing issues of food security whilst protecting the environment.


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Research within Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is delivered by a multidisciplinary team working across the following themes:

Biogeochemistry and biogeochemical modelling 
Biogeochemistry is concerned with understanding chemical cycling in the environment. Our research focus is mainly on potentially hazardous trace elements and radionuclides but also includes broader consideration of carbon and nitrogen dynamics and availability of micronutrients in soils and aquatic systems.

Plant-Soil interactions 
Our research mainly focuses on the bio-physical and chemical interactions between plants and soils. Example projects include attempts to identify the novel plant root traits that underpin yield and assessment of nutrient uptake efficiency in important crops like wheat using novel imaging technology such as micro X-ray Computed Tomography.

Agricultural and environmental systems analysis 
Research in this area uses modelling and survey approaches to improve our understanding of agri-environmental systems. Current research is exploring potential farmer adaptation to climate change at the catchment level, modelling of uncertainty, nutrient budgeting and N-loss mitigation, and approaches to model simplification.

Applied and behavioural ecology 
Our research spans a wide range of topics in applied ecology, from microbes to insects to eagles. This multi-disciplinary research spans genetics, gene regulation, cellular processes, immunity, metabolomics, physiology, behaviour, evolution and ecology.

Environmental change 
Research into this theme primarily seeks to reconstruct changes in key environmental parameters through geological time. Example projects include work to assess ecosystem feedback in the carbon cycle and to determine the impact of potential leakage of CO2 from carbon capture storage infrastructure.

Farm systems assessment of bioenergy 
Bioenergy research draws upon bio-economic modelling to analyse trade-offs between farm-level finances, net energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Farm and farmer constraints and opportunities towards growing dedicated energy crops and using straw for bioenergy purposes are also being investigated.


Contact information

Emma Hooley (Divisional Administrator)
Division of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
School of Biosciences
Sutton Bonington Campus
Nr Loughborough, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 9516262
fax: +44 (0) 115 95162671



School of Biosciences

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Nr Loughborough
LE12 5RD, UK

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