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Novel app offers layers of maps

Just as the inventors of Google Street View vastly improved on paper maps, a team at the University of Alberta has developed an innovative digital tool that shows natural landscapes in penetrating detail.On&Off DigiMapping is a GPS-based learning tool that places a stack of geospatial maps for three regions of the province into an iPad app, based on where UAlberta students of environmental and conservation sciences, and of forestry, go for their field school research.Holding the tablet, stud...
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Scientists look to grazing to aid carbon retention in soil

Western Producer, April 27, 2017 by Barbara Duckworth: The symbiotic relationship of plants, soil and animals has long been understood among those living off the land.
 Soil with high carbon content has increased fertility, water retention and productivity.
 Now scientists are assessing the value of grazing on grasslands and that system’s ability to sequester more carbon in the soil and stave off greenhouse gas emissions. 
 A carbon benchmarking study to quantify the carbon pool as...
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Researchers receive $3.76M in federal funding for greener agriculture

Three University of Alberta scientists will take their greenhouse gas reduction research to the next level, thanks to an infusion of funding announced today by the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food.The funding will exceed $3.76 million and supports the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), which will create technologies, practices and processes that can be adopted by farmers to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, agriculture is the four...
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ALES Range team hauls home top awards as coach retires

With instructor Barry Irving in his last season as coach of the ALES Range Team, its members did him proud by continuing a dominant run at an international competition that tests university students’ knowledge of both plants and range management.Among this year’s triumphs, the team won first place in the Plant Identification Test portion of the competition, propelled by a first place individual score by conservation biology student Ryan James. The event took place at the Society for ...
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Canadian grasslands among world's most endangered ecosystems

Alberta’s grasslands are a deeply rooted silent partner in fighting rising carbon levels, but are fast disappearing and need more protection, say University of Alberta scientists.Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) recently suggested the scope of loss across Canada’s rich prairie lands is greater than that of the Amazon rainforest, making these grasslands among the world’s most endangered ecosystems. It’s a reasonable claim, said U of A rangeland expert Edward ...
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Province and University of Alberta partner to provide long-term agricultural research at ranches

Edmonton Journal: The two sites, Onefour and Stavely, were administered by the federal government until 2013, when the province stepped in to manage them. The new agreement, announced Wednesday at the U of A’s faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, allows the university stable, long-term access to conduct research.The ranches will continue to maintain rangeland and native grassland, providing wildlife habitat and grazing space.“The opportunity cost of los...
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U of A rangeland scientists gain access to two important new study area

Two historic research ranches in southern Alberta have officially changed hands, and that’s giving scientists from the University of Alberta assured access to study two large rangelands.The land areas are the Onefour and Stavely Research Ranches, located in the southeastern corner of the province and southwest of Nanton, respectively. Established by the Canadian government in 1927 and 1947, they were dedicated to ranch and livestock fieldwork until Agriculture Canada decided three years ag...
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Study shows grassland environmental contributions

Manitoba Cooperator: Researchers Dr. Daniel Hewins, former post-doctoral fellow with University of Alberta, and Dr. Edward Bork, Rangeland Research Institute Chair, conducted a large-scale study to look at how livestock grazing affects grassland biodiversity and carbon storage. They looked at 144 sites from across six agro-climatic zones in Alberta and showed that Alberta grasslands store about 300 gigatons of carbon; 97% of that is below ground. The study also identified an increase in pro...
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The case for carbon storage

Canadian Cattlemen: Good-news stories for beef producers are beginning to flow out from a massive dataset collected during a three-year carbon benchmarking study done to evaluate the effects of long-term grazing on native grasslands of Alberta.Some of the findings won’t surprise beef producers who see the positive effects first hand, but this is the first time they have been quantified across Alberta, says Dr. Edward Bork, Mattheis Chair, Rangeland Ecology and Management, University of Alb...
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Home on the rangeland

AltaLink has donated $655,000 to the University of Alberta’s Rangeland Research Institute (RRI) to support the creation of the AltaLink Master’s Scholarship in Rangeland Disturbance Ecology, which will advance research that will protect Alberta’s rangelands.“Alberta’s rangelands are vital to our communities and our economy, and this research will give us the evidence we need to make important decisions about how to sustain them,” said Stan Blade, the dean of t...
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