Research Papers on agri-food eco-branding tools in Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture

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Journal articles on agri-food eco-branding tools and “Cool Vege®” as WG4 research outputs was published in Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture Vol.81, No.3 (Oct 2017). “Co-designing Agri-food Eco-branding Tools for Supporting Sustainable Regions” Ayaka W. Kishimoto-Mo (NARO-NIAES), Shigeto Sudo (NARO-NIAES), Yusuke Tanabiki (Rikkyo University) and Akira Shibata (Ritsumeikan University) p.264-267 “Kyoto Kameoka Carbon Minus Project and Agricultural Eco Brand ‘Cool Vege®’” Akira Shibata (Ritsumeikan University) p.284-285

Paper on Effect of dolomite and biochar addition on N2O and CO2 emissions published PLOS ONE

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A paper entitled “Effect of dolomite and biochar addition on N2O and CO2 emissions from acidic tea field soil” by Dr. Shigeto Sudo (Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NIAES)) and Prof. Akira Shibata (OIC Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University), Chairs of WG4, was published on PLOS ONE. Abstract: A laboratory study was conducted to study the effects of liming and different biochar amendments on N2O and CO2 emissions from acidic tea field soil. The first experiment was done with three different rates of N treatment; N 300 (300 kg N ha-1), N 600 (600 kg N ha-1) and N 900 (900 kg N ha-1) and four …

Paper on trade-off relationship between modern agriculture and biodiversity published in Land Use Policy

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A peer-reviewed paper “Trade-off relationship between modern agriculture and biodiversity: Heavy consolidation work has a long-term negative impact on plant species diversity” by Prof. Takeshi Osawa, WG4/Tokyo Metropolitan University, et al was published in “Land Use Policy”, 54: 78-84.(2016). Highlights: • Land consolidation is one of the major land-use changes in Japanese agricultural systems. • We examined the relationship between the occurrences of farmland consolidation and threatened plant species across Japan at the prefecture scale. • Results show that areas containing records of threatened plant species had rarely experienced consolidation. • We concluded that consolidated farmland areas have experienced/undergone a long-term negative impact on plant species diversity. Authors: Takeshi Osawa, …

Straw biochar hastens organic matter degradation and produces nutrient-rich compost

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A paper “Straw biochar hastens organic matter degradation and produces nutrient-rich compost” co-authored by Dr. Shen Zhou, WG4/Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences, was published in “Bioresource Technology”, 200:876-883 (2016). Highlights: • Straw biochar improved water-soluble nutrient ions contents during composting. • Straw biochar enhanced the degradation of organic matter and maturity. • The product with biochar addition became mature after composting for 42 days. • A final concentration of 10–15% straw biochar was optimal. Authors: Jining Zhang, Guifa Chen, Huifeng Sun, Sheng Zhou*, Guoyan Zou Journal: Bioresource Technology, 200:876-883 (2016) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2015.11.016

Contribution of soil moisture to seasonal and annual variations of soil CO2 efflux in a humid cool-temperate oak-birch forest in central Japan

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A paper “Contribution of soil moisture to seasonal and annual variations of soil CO2 efflux in a humid cool-temperate oak-birch forest in central Japan” by Dr. Ayaka Kishimoto-Mo, WG4 Chair/NARO, et al. was published on “Ecological Research” 30: 311-325 (2015). “Contribution of soil moisture to seasonal and annual variations of soil CO2 efflux in a humid cool-temperate oak-birch forest in central Japan” Kishimoto-Mo A.W., Yonemura S., Uchida M., Kondo M., Murayama S. & Koizumi H. Abstract: To quantify the contribution of soil moisture to seasonal and annual variations in soil CO2 efflux in a cool-humid deciduous broadleaf forest, we measured soil CO2 efflux during the snow-free seasons of 2005–2008 using …

Paper on deviations between observed and RothC-simulated Δ14C values published in European Journal of Soil Science

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A paper “Deviations between observed and RothC-simulated Δ14C values despite improved IOM initialization” by Dr. Yasuhito Shirato, WG4 member, at el was published in European Journal of Soil Science, 64, 576-585(2013). Abstract: The 14C contents and the carbon (C) pool sizes for Rothamsted Carbon (RothC) model pools and soil fractions determined by physical separation and subsequent chemical oxidation were directly compared for an agricultural topsoil (Dystric Cambisol) from a long-term experimental field in central Japan. The RothC model was run from 1975 to 2009 and the C concentration and Δ14C value of each pool and for the bulk soil were compared with the physical fractions that have been, according to …

Paper on the Carbon Minus Project, Kameoka City published in Annals of Environmental Science

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A journal article “A Rural Revitalization Scheme in Japan Utilizing Biochar and Eco-Branding: The Carbon Minus Project, Kameoka City” by Steven McGreevy, FEAST PL, and Prof. Akira Shibata, WG4 Chair/Ritsumeikan University was published in “Annals of Environmental Science” vol.4, 11-22(2010). Abstract: Like rural areas in many countries, Japanese rural society is experiencing decline in all spheres (depopulation, aging, lack of economic opportunity, and so on). Uncertainty in the future viability of agricultural livelihoods coupled with the collapse of the forestry sector has decreased the ecological resilience of the Japanese countryside, increasing overgrown forests, habitat and biodiversity loss, and costly wildlife damage to crops. As these rural crises are compounded by …