Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research

The New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research funded international research into the mitigation of 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) was an international research fund set up by the New Zealand Government. It supported the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).

From 2011 to 2020, the fund promoted global research into mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming. It looked for 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.

There were 4 funding rounds, which supported projected for up to 4 years. In total $19.79 million of co-funding was awarded to 18 projects. These involved New Zealand and international partners from 12 countries.

Reducing emissions from livestock farming is critical

Livestock emissions account for about 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions are from:

  • enteric fermentation
  • manure management systems
  • manure deposited directly on pasture.

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.

GPLER-funded projects

Round 4

Project title

Partners

Total project value

Full inversion tillage to accelerate soil carbon sequestration

Plant & Food Research led this project

International partners: Germany and Ireland

$1.90m

Reducing hydrogen and methyl-compound production to mitigate rumen methane

AgResearch led this project

International partners: Japan and the USA

$1.70m

Discovery of new nitrification inhibitors: Phase 2

Lincoln University led this project

International partners: China and the UK

$1.85m

Antibody binding to antigenic targets in the rumen

AgResearch led this project

International partners: Argentina and Australia

$1.43m

Rumen microbiomes to predict methane

AgResearch led this project

International partner: Australia

$0.74m

Mitigating N2O emissions by optimising irrigation management

Lincoln University led this project

International partner: Australia

$0.62m

The N20 switch

Lincoln University led this project

International partner: Germany

$0.35m

Chemical di-nitrogen formation bypassing nitrous oxide

Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research led this project

International partner: the USA

$0.30m

 

Round 3

Project title

Partners

Total project value

Discovery of new nitrification inhibitors

Lincoln University led this project

International partner: Australia

$0.75m

Farming microbes for better futures

Otago University led this project

International partners: Canada and Norway

$0.22m

Management options for increasing soil carbon under grasslands

Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research led this project

International partners: France and Scotland

$2.25m

 

Round 2

Project title

Partners

Total project value

Reducing N2O emissions from urine patches through accelerating N2O reduction

Otago University led this project

International partners: Ireland and Norway

$1.1m

Fast-tracking development of methanogen-specific inhibitors

AgResearch led this project

International partner: the USA

$1.16m

Disruption of rumen microbial interspecies hydrogen transfer to reduce ruminant methane emissions

AgResearch led this project

International partner: Germany

$0.10m

 

Round 1

Project title

Partners

Total project value

Deep sequencing the rumen microbiome

AgResearch led this project

International partners: Australia, France, Ireland, and the USA

$2.0m

Accelerated discovery of methanogen-specific inhibitors

AgResearch led this project

International partners: Australia, Japan, and the USA

$1.12m

Vaccine to reduce methane emissions in ruminants

AgResearch led this project

International partner: Australia

$1.0m

Animal delivery of DCD in urine by provision in feeds

AgResearch led this project

International partners: Australia and Ireland

$1.2m

Who to contact

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

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