Centre for Sustainable Cropping (CSC)
For all enquiries on the CSC, contact Dr Cathy Hawes
The long-term viability of farming in Scotland depends on the sustainable management of our agricultural habitats. We need to achieve a balance between maximising crop production, conserving arable biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem functions.
The Centre for Sustainable Cropping (CSC) is a new experimental research platform at Balruddery Farm near Dundee.
It is the first of its scale in the UK and will provide a test-bed for new sustainable management practices and crop varieties that are designed to:
- maintain yield quality and yield stability at lower levels of agrochemical inputs
- reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and nutrient leaching from the system
- enhance soil quality and arable biodiversity.
The centre provides a broad framework for research on a wide range of system components from crop physiological stress responses to arable biodiversity and soil microbial function. It also acts as a facility for demonstration, knowledge transfer, exchange and education activities.
Find out more about the Centre for Sustainable Cropping using the links below.
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