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JULY 2019

JULY 2019

New webpages published: following the recent addition of two further LTEs to ECT’s register, new webpages have now been published for the Ainsdale Dune Slacks grazing experiment in West Lancashire, and the BIFoR-FACE elevated CO₂ experiment in Staffordshire. Follow the links to view.

 
june 2019

june 2019

Newsletter: ECT’s June newsletter is now published and headlines with two ‘new’ experiments added to our national register of sites. There is also a significant update on the Glen Finglas LTE, news on appointments to our Board of Trustees, and a piece on the highlights from our first national two-day science meeting in Buxton. Download the newsletter here.

 
june 2019

june 2019

Small Grant Award: ECT is pleased to announce the award of a small grant to Jon Millett at Loughborough University. Our funds will be used towards the costs of installing dipwells and associated water table depth loggers at each of the four dune slacks comprising the Ainsdale Dune Slacks long-term experiment in West Lancashire. The data generated, alongside existing data, will enable the reconstruction of a 45-year time-series of water table depth.

 
june 2019

june 2019

New Publication: from the Glen Finglas long-term grazing experiment, northwest of Stirling in Scotland - Long‐term impacts of changed grazing regimes on the vegetation of heterogeneous upland grasslands. Access the publication online here.

 
june 2019

june 2019

Small Grant Award: ECT is pleased to announce the award of its latest small grant to Ramesh Ningthoujam at Imperial College Silwood Park. Ramesh will be working with Colin Prentice on quantifying grass chlorophyll content (CC), leaf area index (LAI) and productivity relationships at the Nash’s Field long-term experiment. The work is aiming to produce maps of spatial and temporal variations in CC and LAI in response to treatments via vegetation indices.

 
JUNE 2019

JUNE 2019

New ECT Trustees Appointed: three new Trustees have been appointed to ECT’s Board with effect from 1 June 2019. We welcome Bridget Emmett (CEH Bangor), Kadmiel Maseyk (Open University) and Chas Holt (consultant ecologist) to our team. View the full Board membership on our ‘About’ page. We also pay tribute to founding Trustee Mike Morecroft who is stepping down after ten years’ loyal service to pursue a new role in climate change with the IPCC.

 
may 2019

may 2019

New Publication: the impact of prescribed burning of peatlands on Sphagnum health, including research conducted on the Moor House long-term experiment in Upper Teesdale. View the publication online here, or via the bibliography on our Moor House webpage.

 
APRIL 2019

APRIL 2019

Ainsdale Dune Slacks LTE Joins ECT Network: ECT has registered the Ainsdale Dunes long-term herbivore grazing experiment in its network of active research sites. Also known as the Sally Edmondson plots, the site is managed by Loughborough ecologist Jonathan Millett and owned by Natural England as part of its Ainsdale Dunes National Nature Reserve (NNR).

 
april 2019

april 2019

BIFOR-FACE LTE Joins ECT Network: ECT has registered the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research’s (BIFOR) Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) long-term experiment in its network of active research sites. Managed by PI Rob Mackenzie, BIFOR-FACE is only the second such facility globally, and the only one in the northern hemisphere. Read more here.

 
MARCH 2019

MARCH 2019

Newsletter: ECT’s March newsletter is now published and headlines with our new YouTube channel and the launch of our two-monthly webinars. It also highlights our upcoming Buxton conference (register here), news from our RainDrop LTE and review of our very successful 10th anniversary activities. Download it here.

 
march 2019

march 2019

Student Grant Award: ECT is pleased to announce the award of a small grant to PhD student James Edgerley at Lancaster University, whose studies on soil communities under climate change will include work on our Buxton Climate Change Impacts Laboratory site in Derbyshire.

 
march 2019

march 2019

New blog post: ECT Ten Years On, by Jonathan Silvertown. Read Jonathan’s review of where ECT came from and what we have achieved in our first ten years. Access our blog page here.

 
FEBRUARY 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

Call for New ECT Trustees! ECT is recruiting new trustees to supplement its existing Board of eight voluntary members. View our recruitment advert and person specification. Full application packs are available on request from ECT’s Executive Director. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 29 March 2019.

 
FEBRUARY 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

ECT’s ‘Main Event’ for 2019 - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
ECT is launching its first annual national conference on LTEs this year, in partnership with BES’s Plants-Soils-Ecosystems SIG. The two-day conference is titled Long-term Ecological Experiments in Plant-Soil Ecosystems and will take place on 21/22 May 2019 at the superb Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, Derbyshire. Registration now open at the link above. Further details available here.

 
FEBRUARY 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

New video: a full video recording of ECT’s thematic session at the BES2018 conference in Birmingham is now available free via our videos webpage. The recording features all our speakers and the ensuing interactive discussion.

 
FEBRUARY 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

Maintenance Grant Award: ECT is pleased to announce the award of a maintenance grant to PI Andreas Heinemeyer at the University of York, who works on the Peatland-ES-UK LTE in north-west England. Andreas will be using ECT funds to replace and upgrade ageing rhizon water samplers across the experiment’s three sites in North Yorkshire and Lancashire. If you are interested in using these sites as research platforms, please view our Peatland-ES-UK webpage.

 
JANUARY 2019

JANUARY 2019

Launch of ECT’s YouTube Channel: ECT has launched a brand new YouTube channel. You can subscribe here and view our first introductory video featuring Edinburgh’s Jonathan Silvertown speaking about long-term ecological experiments.

 
DECEMBER 2018

DECEMBER 2018

Newsletter: ECT’s December newsletter is now published and headlines with the latest new pages on our website and an update on the Peatland-ES-UK LTE. It also highlights our on-going 10th anniversary activities, plans for our 2019 meeting, and our small grants scheme. Download it here.

 
DECEMBER 2018

DECEMBER 2018

Speaker Programme: ECT’s tenth anniversary celebration session at this month’s BES2018 conference in Birmingham takes place on Tuesday 18 December in Hall 1 from 3pm to 5.15pm. Download the speaker programme here.

 
DECEMBER 2018

DECEMBER 2018

ECT TENTH ANNIVERSARY PUBLICATION: to help celebrate ECT’s tenth anniversary, the BES family of journals has published a cross-journal Virtual Issue on Long-term ecological experiments forever! - Unique challenges and opportunities. Edited by Emma Sayer and ECT Trustee Jonathan Silvertown, the issue is now available on-line here.

 
DECEMBER 2018

DECEMBER 2018

New Publication: prescribed moorland burning may not be as damaging as previously thought. See latest publication in Nature Geoscience by Rob Marrs et al on research at Hard Hill long-term experiment on the Moor House NNR in Upper Teesdale. An associated press release from the University of Liverpool is available here.

 
NOVEMBER 2018

NOVEMBER 2018

Small Grant Award: ECT is pleased to announce the award of its latest small grant to Luke Andrews at the University of York. Luke will be using the Cors Fochno LTE for his PhD-related work studying the effect of climate change on carbon sequestration in peatlands. If you are interested in using Cors Fochno as a research platform, read more via our dedicated webpage.

 
SEPTEMBER 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018

Newsletter: ECT’s September newsletter headlines with new webpages for three of our LTEs, plus a reminder on our tenth anniversary event at BES2018 in December. There are updates from two of our LTEs and a case study on using LTEs as research platforms. Download it here.

 
JULY 2018

JULY 2018

Dataset Publication: Rose et al have published the vegetation monitoring dataset for the Hard Hill burning/grazing LTE at Moor House in Upper Teesdale via NERC's Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC), covering the period 1961 to 2013. Access the data here.

 
JUNE 2018

JUNE 2018

Newsletter: Our June newsletter highlights our tenth anniversary celebration and the addition of a new LTE to our register. There are quick round-ups from three of the UK's long-term ecological experiments. Download it here.

 
may 2018

may 2018

Publication: Perryman et al have recently published an important paper on data curation from the Rothamsted long-term experiments, including Park Grass and Broadbalk. The electronic Research Archive (e-RA) is a model for online data curation from LTEs. See Nature Science Data 15 May 2018

 
APRIL 2018

APRIL 2018

Publication: Researchers in the US have just published work in the journal Science that shows even the best-supported short-term drivers of plant response to global change might not predict long-term results. The authors report an unexpected reversal of biomass in C3 versus C4 grasses in response to elevated CO2 during a 20-year field experiment. See: Science 20 April 2018

 
SEPTEMBER 2017

SEPTEMBER 2017

Newsletter: Our September newsletter contains a quick round-up of 5 of the UK's long-term experiments. Download it here.

 
jUNE 2017

jUNE 2017

Blog: Student Rowan Davis reflects on his undergraduate research project at RainDrop. Read his blog here.

 
June 2017

June 2017

News from the ECT: To read our latest news and updates, download our June 2017 newsletter.

 
May 2017

May 2017

Blog: Dr Richard Payne (University of York), writes about the long-term experiment he works on in Wales and the importance of bog research. Read Richard's blog here.

 
March 2017

March 2017

Grants: The Lena Ward plots on Aston Rowant Nature were awarded a grant of £2000 to facilitate the upgrade of fencing around plots. Jessica Bays, the former ECT Engagement Officer joined volunteers on site. Read her blog here.

 
February 2017

February 2017

Conference: Committee on Air Pollution Effect Research (CAPER) 2017. 10-12 April, School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University. Further information can be found here.

 
DECEMBER 2016

DECEMBER 2016

News from the ECT: To read our latest news and updates, download our December 2016 newsletter here.

 
DECEMBER 2016

DECEMBER 2016

Win £100: To coincide with attending the BES Annual Meeting, we are hosting a PhD student and Early Career Researcher competition. Sponsored by Global Change Biology and Oxford University Press, top prize is £100. Find out more here...

 
November 2016

November 2016

Publication: An article has been published recently in 'Advances in Ecological Research' highlighting the contribution of the Rothamsted's Long-term Experiments (LTEs), Sample Archive and Insect Survey to ecological research. It concludes that the LTEs, Sample Archive and insect collection continue to be as valuable today as when they originally began.

 
NOVEMBER 2016

NOVEMBER 2016

News: A recent article on the BBC Science & Environment webpages focused Rothamsted Research's commitment to making complex data from long-term experiments accessible and useable. Rothamsted is a member of the GODAN Initiative, and works to help promote the sharing of open data, making information about  agriculture and nutrition freely available. 

 
September 2016

September 2016

Publication:  A Special Issue of the journal Ecological Indicators, was issued to celebrate 20 years of of detailed site-based monitoring and showcasing a range of research using Environmental Change Network data and sites.

 
September 2016

September 2016

Conference: Sustainable Intensification, 28-30 November 2017. Organised by Association of Applied Biologists and the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP), this conference will address the challenge of sustainable intensification, the outcomes of the DEFRA funded SIP and other relevant research. Deadline for papers - 11 December. 

 
September 2016

September 2016

Paper: 'Longer growing seasons shift grassland vegetation towards more-productive species'. Fridley et al., 2016. Nature Climate Change. Analysis of 21 plant species coexisting on BCCIL plots, reveals a strong association between functional traits and temperature regime. Click here to read Syracuse University's blog post on the article. 

 
aUGUST 2016

aUGUST 2016

Paper: 'Ecological restoration: Soil microbes call the shots'. Marrs (2016). Nature Plants. Letter looking at the use of soil microbes in ecological restoration, and how they can help ‘design’ new target communities more subtly. 

 
aUGUST 2016

aUGUST 2016

Floodplain Meadow Partnership conducted their regular fritillary count and survey of the water-management trial plots at North Meadow, Cricklade in Spring. Monitoring is going strong and now in its 18th year the fritillary count attracted over thirty volunteers and was showcased by BBC1's Countryfile programme.

 
August 2016

August 2016

 

Blog: Want to keep up-to-date with the initiation of a new long-term experiment investigating the effects of future climate change? Read on to hear about the development of a collaborative project between the Open University, Oxford Plant Sciences and the ECT... 

 

JULY 2016

JULY 2016

Paper: 'Phenological sensitivity to climate across taxa and trophic levels.' Thackeray et al., (2016). Nature. Analysis of 10,003 long-term phenological data sets,  including data from the Rothamsted Insect Survey, reveals that secondary consumers have consistently lower climate sensitivity than other groups.

 

JUNE 2016

JUNE 2016

Paper: 'Long-term changes in the tree and shrub layers of a British nature reserve and their relevance for woodland conservation management'. Kirby et al., (2016). Journal for Nature Conservation, 31, 51-60. Click here for further information.

 

mAY 2016. iMAGE COURTESY of Rothamsted research

mAY 2016. iMAGE COURTESY of Rothamsted research

Event: To celebrate Park Grass turning 160,  Rothamsted Research invites you to ‘160 years of Park Grass'. This free public event takes place on Tuesday 17th May, 5.30pm to 8.00pm. Click here to find out more.

 

 

Grants: We provide grants of up to £1000 to researchers who work on LTEs on our register. Click here to find out more.

 

 
 
march 2016

march 2016

How to strengthen links between research and farming: Rothamsted Research North Wyke and Duchy College Rural Business School hosted their first Advisory Group Meeting in February, with key representatives from the research and farming communities.

 

PhD Position: How long does it take for recovery of soil ecosystem functions from excess nitrogen deposition? Deadline:Thursday, March 31, 2016. Read more...

 

 

Blog post:  50 years of change in the Sheffield region, by Dr Carly Stevens. 

In 1965 an extensive survey of vegetation was carried out in and around the Peak District National Park. Although the majority of people won’t know anything about it... Read more...

 

Paper: Grassland biodiversity bounces back from long-term nitrogen addition. J. Storkey et al., (2015).  Nature 528, 401–404.

The negative effect of increasing atmospheric nitrogen (N) pollution on grassland biodiversity is now incontrovertible. However, the recent introduction of cleaner technologies in the UK has... Read on...