Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research

The New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research co-funds internationally collaborative research into how we can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming. Read about the goal of the fund and the projects it has funded.


About the fund

The New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (GPLER) is an international research fund set up by the New Zealand Government in support of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).

It's aimed at accelerating global research in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming by seeking solutions to 4 research challenges:

  • manipulating rumen function
  • reducing nitrous oxide emissions from soils
  • manipulating rates of soil carbon change
  • improving tools and practices for minimising farm system-level greenhouse gas emissions intensity.

Reducing emissions from livestock farming is critical

The agricultural sector is estimated to contribute about 10% to 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with most of this (around 80%) coming from livestock and feed production. Yet agricultural production must increase if it is to help feed the projected global population of 9.6 billion by 2050.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock farming is of critical importance if the sector is to respond to climate change in a meaningful way at the same time as sustainably contributing to food production.

The 2016 funding round

The fourth funding round of the GPLER held in 2016 is now closed.

The round made funding available for projects up to 3 years in length and was split into:

  • projects up to NZD$2 million in value
  • smaller, 'new ideas’ projects up to NZD$300,000 in value.

The portfolio of projects supported by the GPLER, balances innovative science with the achievement of cost-effective, practical, and sustainable solutions for pastoral livestock farmers.

  • Pre-proposals were welcomed from multi-disciplinary teams that pool the best international and New Zealand expertise.
  • Successful proposals will be ones that clearly convey the idea and the pathway to outcomes.

Demonstrating the connection to the ultimate end user – the farmer – is critical.

Projects funded in 2016 round

Project title

Partners

Total project value

Full inversion tillage to accelerate soil carbon sequestration

Led by Plant & Food Research
International partners from Germany and Ireland

$1.90m

Reducing hydrogen and methyl-compound production to mitigate rumen methane

Led by AgResearch Ltd 
International partners from Japan and USA

$1.70m

Discovery of new nitrification inhibitors: Phase 2

Led by Lincoln University
International partners from China and UK

$1.81m

Antibody binding to antigenic targets in the rumen

Led by AgResearch Ltd
International partners from Argentina and Australia

$1.40m

Rumen microbiomes to predict methane

Led by AgResearch Ltd
International partners from the Netherlands and Australia

$0.71m

Mitigating N2O emissions by optimising irrigation management

Led by Lincoln University
International partner Australia

$0.58m

The N20 switch

Led by Lincoln University
International partner Germany

$0.28m

Chemical di-nitrogen formation bypassing nitrous oxide

Led by Landcare Research
International partners from the USA

$0.29m

Research challenges for the 2016 GPLER round

Pre-proposals had to respond directly to one (or more, if relevant) of the 4 challenges.

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions relating to GPLER, contact GPLER@mpi.govt.nz

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