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Centre for Evidence Based Agriculture

Current and Past Projects

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Highlighted projects

The projects that we carry out in the CEBA span a broad range of topics and utilise a variety of different evidence collation and synthesis methods. The selected projects below highlight the variety of topics addressed and methods  used. A more comprehensive list of current and recent projects can be viewed using the links in the 'projects list' area below.

Evidence for humane stunning in the slaughter of wild-caught fish for food
Aim: to identify and describe the evidence base surrounding humane stunning methods of relevance to the slaughter of wild-caught fish for food
Type of project: systematic map
Funders: Humane Slaughter Association
Purpose: to investigate the feasibility of humane stunning in wild-capture commercial fisheries 
Partners: University of Liverpool, Silsoe Livestock Systems Ltd, University of Kelaniya
Critical Review of slurry storage ammonia emissions and their mitigation
Aim: to better understand the factors that control release of ammonia from stored slurry and opportunities for reducing emissions during storage
Type of project: quick scoping review
Funder: Environment Agency
Purpose: to inform decision-making about mitigating ammonia emission from stored slurry 
Partners: Bern University, Aarhus University, Stockholm Environment Institute York, Heathside Consulting
Food waste management in the food retail sector
Aim: systematic map forms part of the 3-year €8m Horizon 2020 AgroCycle project addressing the recycling and valorisation of waste from the agri-food sector
Type of project: systematic map
Funders: European Commission and Peoples Republic of China
Lead Organisation: University College Dublin
Purpose:  Inform strategies used in the retail food sector for managing food waste. 
Partner: Harper Adams University & 24 other partners
Potato Gap Analysis: Identifying the future crop protection needs for the potato crop
Aim:  identify gaps in potato crop protection across the sector, for a wide range of targets in the growing crop and storage.
Type of project: gap analysis
Purpose: Inform crop protection research priorities and integrated pest management strategies in the sector. 
Funder: Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
Organics – Establishing the strategic framework.
Aim: assess the existing evidence base on the environmental and socio-economic impacts of organic production systems compared to conventional, of relevance to Scotland
Type of project: Rapid Evidence Assessment and analysis of survey data
Purpose: To inform Scottish organic policy
Funder: Scottish Government  Partner: James Hutton Institute

Projects list

Listed below is a selection of current and past projects involving the CEBA:

Current and past PhD projects

Examples of undergraduate and MSc student projects

  • What evidence is there that the utilisation of catch crops can reduce nitrate leaching in temperate Europe?
  • The environmental impacts of outdoor pig production - a systematic review of the evidence

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