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Field trip: Check out the farm that is actually a huge eco lab

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Field trip: Check out the farm that is actually a huge eco lab

Cutting-edge project uses a real-life farm to test ways of heading off the threat of greenhouse gas emissions

Thin Lei Win

It is an idyllic countryside scene – an embrace of rolling hills dappled with Instagram-worthy bales of straw, as sheep and cows graze under a bright blue sky. Completing the picture, a stately manor graces the background.

But this bucolic setting belies a research project that uses cutting-edge technology on a real-life farm to test ways of making agriculture more sustainable as rising temperatures and greenhouse gas emissions threaten productivity.

“We want to make an efficient (agricultural) system so that we can consume as much of the nutrients we put in, and we lose as little. That’s the ultimate goal,” said Taro Takahashi, a research scientist at Rothamsted Research’s (https://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/) “Farm Lab”...

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