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UNH launches joint Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems Lab with Chinese Academy
Date:6/22/2011

DURHAM, N.H. The University of New Hampshire has launched a joint research laboratory with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) to promote international research in agricultural development and the environment, announced Tom Brady, dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) at UNH recently. The laboratory will be located on the campus of the CAAS Institute for Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning (IARRP) in Beijing.

The new laboratory, called the CAAS-UNH Joint Laboratory for Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems Research, will conduct academic exchanges and cooperate in science and technology research. The two institutions have collaborated in the past through the efforts of UNH scientist Changsheng Li, who developed a mathematical ecosystem model known as the DeNitrification-DeComposition or DNDC model that today is used by nations worldwide to help assess agro-ecosystem carbon, nitrogen and water cycling in the context of climate and global change.

"At this particular time, when China has risen to the status a major world power, it is of great advantage to our students and faculty and well as the Chinese to be able to work together on problems related to better understanding the biogeochemistry of agricultural settings during this period of rapid climate change," says Brady. "The establishment of this joint laboratory is absolutely in line with UNH's strategic plan, with its emphasis on internationalizing the university."

Brady traveled to CAAS in Beijing earlier this month with research professors Li, Steve Frolking, and associate professor Scott Ollinger of the Complex Systems Research Center at UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS). The trip was the final step in formalizing a collaboration in which UNH and CAAS scientists will conduct research on a host of topics from crop yields to the specific environmental impacts of large-scale agricultural production.

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Contact: Beth Potier
beth.potier@unh.edu
603-862-1566
University of New Hampshire
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