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Research Title: Dr.
Contact First Name: Karl
Contact Surname: Richards
Contact Address:Environment Soils and Land-Use Dept. Teagasc Johnstown Castle Wexford Ireland
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Organisation Type: Research Institute
Higher Education Organisation Name: Other Institute
Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Teagasc - The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: http://www.teagasc.ie/
Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Dr Karl Richards interests are on contaminant fate and transport to water and air. His focus previously has been on nitrate leaching to groundwater in grazed grassland/tillage systems and mitigation options to reduce losses. His research interests can be divided into: 1. Groundwater Contaminant Fate and Transport. In this area he leads a project investigating the fate and transport of nitrate through the quantification of subsoil and groundwater denitrification in a monitoring network across a range of hydrogeological and land-use settings. He is also a partner in a project investigating the occurrence of agriculturally derived pesticides in Irish groundwaters. 2. Measures to Improve N Efficiency and Reduce N loss to the Environment. Improving the efficient use of nutrients in agricultural systems reduces environmental emissions. He is involved in 3 projects in this area which are evaluating a. the benefit of nitrification and urease inhibitors on reducing emissions from slurry and urine application to soil; b. the role of various cover crops on N and C loss to groundwater; and c. the manipulation of animal diets to reduce N excretion and the associate effect on N leaching and N2O emissions.. 3. Environmental Microbiology/Molecular Biology. Understanding the role of environmental microbiology in a. influencing pathogen transport and occurrence in groundwater and b. to understand microbiologically mediated contaminant remediation such as denitrification.
Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
water quality, agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen, nitrogen cycling, nitrate leaching, nitrous oxide emissions, denitrification
This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:
Member of the on WFD Characterisation and Management Strategies for Agriculture, under the auspices Water Framework Directive (WFD) National Implementation Group (WFD-NIG) Irish representative on the Global Research Alliance cross-cutting group
This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:
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Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability
Developing safe water systems for the citizens
Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy
member of WFD Characterisation and Management Strategies for Agriculture, under the auspices of the new Water Framework Directive (WFD) National Implementation Group (WFD-NIG) Published widely on the link between agriculture and water quality, measures to improve water quality, hydrogeology and hydrology.
FP7 ENDO -SLUDGE Marketable sludge derivatives from sustainable processing of wastewater in a highly integrated treatment plant. Participated in a task looking at the microbial safety of waste water sludges applied to soils. FP7 AQUAVALENS: Protecting the health of Europeans by improving methods for the detection of pathogens in drinking water and water used in food preparation. Participating in the microbial occurrence in small drinking water supplies.
This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:
Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges
Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies
Sustainable food security
Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials
Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe
This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows
This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:
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member of WFD Characterisation and Management Strategies for Agriculture, under the auspices of the new Water Framework Directive (WFD) National Implementation Group (WFD-NIG) Participated in a number of COST actions including Mitigation measures for the Control of Diffuse Pollution
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