FACCE MACSUR Hub Newsletter Jul/Aug/Sept 2016  
  News from MACSUR  
  What comes after MACSUR2?  
  MACSUR's steering committee is pursuing several pathways to ensure a continuation of the network after the end of phase 2 (May 2017). One long-term vision is an FET Flagship (further information below). A list of interesting new research topics (AgEurope2050) was submitted to the FACCE governing board in June. The governing board sent a generally positive response about looking into possibilities for continuing MACSUR. MACSUR intends to meet with the three FACCE boards (Governing Board, Stakeholder Advisory Board, Scientific Advisory Board) in December to discuss further the next steps. Meanwhile, the MACSUR steering committee is taking steps leading to a proposal to Horizon 2020 topic SFS-49 and is considering other options of backbone funding and a revised structure for MACSUR3.  
   Flagship topic "Climate change impacts along the agro-food chain"  
  Twenty-four topics have been proposed in the FET flagship consultation. Our topic ranked second by the number of votes. We achieved 62 votes (average 4.5 stars) as a runner up to 'nanotechnology' with 89 votes (average 5 stars). Our topic ranked third by number of comments (29; 'nanotechnology': 161, 'health care': 57). The evaluators commented that Flagships must not only address a grand societal challenge but must also have the potential for concrete innovations and an industrial perspective. The Flagship Committee welcomes additional comments on the topics on the Futurium platform.  
  Is MACSUR building a better connected community?  
  Sætnan & Kipling (2016) evaluated MACSUR (phase 1) with respect to its community network, manifested by its collaborative papers and using an approach known as network analysis. Their analysis suggests "an increase in collaborative interaction beyond that expected due to network growth, and greater than that found in the broader community … These changes within the relatively new MACSUR community provide evidence that the knowledge hub structure has been effective in stimulating collaboration". The authors conclude that "long term, consistent funding and ongoing reflection to improve networking structures may be necessary to sustain the early positive signs from MACSUR".  
  European Hub for coordinated regional assessments (CGRA)  
  MACSUR CropM now serves as the European hub for Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments (CGRA) of Climate Change Impacts. A first summary of projects currently performing climate change impact studies in Europe was gathered by participants of a related session at the 6th AgMIP global workshop and has been published on the MACSUR website together with contact information (H. Webber and F. Ewert) with an invitation for other regional studies to be added to the list.  
  LiveM reserch agenda papers  
  We are pleased to announce the publication of two major collaborative papers from LiveM, following the publication of their position paper in June.
The new papers aim to define the research agenda for two major areas of modelling in the context of climate change: ‘Key challenges and priorities for modelling European grasslands under climate change’ and ‘Challenges and priorities for modelling livestock health and pathogens in the context of climate change’ (jointly with GRA-ANH authors).
Both papers are the result of large collaborative efforts within and beyond the MACSUR consortium, and like other collaborative papers in CropM and TradeM, demonstrate the potential of the knowledge hub approach to drive the strategic research agenda.
  New MACSUR publications  
Results of the paper(s) were obtained within the international research project “FACCE MACSUR – Modelling European Agriculture with Climate Change for Food Security, a FACCE JPI knowledge hub”, funded by the authors' national or regional funding organizations. ⇒ Extended list of publications acknowledging MACSUR.
  • Coles G.D., Wratten S.D., Porter J.R. 2016. Food and nutritional security requires adequate protein as well as energy, delivered from whole-year crop production. PEERJ 4, e2100. doi: 10.7717/peerj.2100
  • Höglind M., Van Oijen M., Cameron D., Persson T. 2016. Process-based simulation of growth and overwintering of grassland using the BASGRA model. Ecological Modelling 335, 1-15. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.04.024
  • Kipling R.P., Virkajärvi P., Breitsameter L., Curnel Y., De Swaef T., Gustavsson A.M., Hennart S., Höglind M., Järvenranta K., Minet J., Nendel C., Persson T., Picon-Cochard C., Rolinski S., Sandars D.L., Scollan N.D., Sebek L., Seddaiu G., Topp C.F., Twardy S., Van Middelkoop J., Wu L., Bellocchi G. 2016. Key challenges and priorities for modelling European grasslands under climate change. Science of the Total Environment 566-567, 851-864. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.144
  • Kuhnert M., Yeluripati J., Smith P., Hoffmann H., van Oijen M., Constantin J., Coucheney E., Dechow R., Eckersten H., Gaiser T., Grosz B., Haas E., Kersebaum K.-C., Kiese R., Klatt S., Lewan E., Nendel C., Raynal H., Sosa C., Specka X., Teixeira E., Wang E., Weihermüller L., Zhao G., Zhao Z., Ogle S., Ewert F. 2016. Impact analysis of climate data aggregation at different spatial scales on simulated net primary productivity for croplands. European Journal of Agronomy: in press, doi: 10.1016/j.eja.2016.06.005
  • Maiorano A., Martre P., Asseng S., Ewert F., Müller C., Rötter R.P., Ruane A.C., Semenov M.A., Wallach D., Wang E., Alderman P.D., Kassie B.T., Biernath C., Basso B., Cammarano D., Challinor A.J., Doltra J., Dumont B., Rezaei E.E., Gayler S., Kersebaum K.C., Kimball B.A., Koehler A.-K., Liu B., O’Leary G.J., Olesen J.E., Ottman M.J., Priesack E., Reynolds M., Stratonovitch P., Streck T., Thorburn P.J., Waha K., Wall G.W., White J.W., Zhao Z., Zhu Y. 2016. Crop model improvement reduces the uncertainty of the response to temperature of multi-model ensembles. Field Crops Research: in press doi: 10.1016/j.fcr.2016.05.001
  • Mirschel W., Barkusky D., Hufnagel J., Kersebaum K.C., Nendel C., Laacke L., Luzi K., Rosner G. 2016. Coherent multi-variable field data set of an intensive cropping system for agro-ecosystem modelling from Müncheberg, Germany. Open Data Journal for Agricultural Research 2, 1-10. doi: 10.18174/odjar.v2i1.15412
  • Özkan Ş., Vitali A., Lacetera N., Amon B., Bannink A., Bartley D.J., Blanco-Penedo I., de Haas Y., Dufrasne I., Elliott J., Eory V., Fox N.J., Garnsworthy P.C., Gengler N., Hammami H., Kyriazakis I., Leclère D., Lessire F., Macleod M., Robinson T.P., Ruete A., Sandars D.L., Shrestha S., Stott A.W., Twardy S., Vanrobays M.L., Ahmadi B.V., Weindl I., Wheelhouse N., Williams A.G., Williams H.W., Wilson A.J., Østergaard S., Kipling R.P. 2016. Challenges and priorities for modelling livestock health and pathogens in the context of climate change. Environmental Research 151, 130-144. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.07.033
  • Ruane A.C., Hudson N.I., Asseng S., Camarrano D., Ewert F., Martre P., Boote K.J., Thorburn P.J., Aggarwal P.K., Angulo C., Basso B., Bertuzzi P., Biernath C., Brisson N., Challinor A.J., Doltra J., Gayler S., Goldberg R., Grant R.F., Heng L., Hooker J., Hunt L.A., Ingwersen J., Izaurralde R.C., Kersebaum K.C., Kumar S.N., Müller C., Nendel C., O’Leary G., Olesen J.E., Osborne T.M., Palosuo T., Priesack E., Ripoche D., Rötter R.P., Semenov M.A., Shcherbak I., Steduto P., Stöckle C.O., Stratonovitch P., Streck T., Supit I., Tao F., Travasso M., Waha K., Wallach D., White J.W., Wolf J. 2016. Multi-wheat-model ensemble responses to interannual climate variability. Environmental Modelling and Software 81, 86-101. doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.03.008
  • Saetnan E.R., Kipling R.P. 2016. Evaluating a European knowledge hub on climate change in agriculture: Are we building a better connected community.Scientometrics 1-18. doi: 10.1007/s11192-016-2064-5
  • Sándor R., Barcza Z., Acutis M., Doro L., Hidy D., Köchy M., Minet J., Lellei-Kovács E., Ma S., Perego A., Rolinski S., Ruget F., Sanna M., Seddaiu G., Wu L., Bellocchi G. 2016. Multi-model simulation of soil temperature, soil water content and biomass in Euro-Mediterranean grasslands: Uncertainties and ensemble performance. European Journal of Agronomy: in press, doi: 10.1016/j.eja.2016.06.006
  • Schönhart M., Schauppenlehner T., Kuttner M., Kirchner M., Schmid E. 2016. Climate change impacts on farm production, landscape appearance, and the environment: Policy scenario results from an integrated field-farm-landscape model in Austria. Agricultural Systems 145, 39-50. doi: 10.1016/j.agsy.2016.02.008
  • Tao F., Zhang Z., Zhang S., Rötter R.P. 2016. Variability in crop yields associated with climate anomalies in China over the past three decades.Regional Environmental Change: in press, doi: 10.1007/s10113-015-0920-0
  • Ventrella D., Stellacci A.M., Castrignanò A., Charfeddine M., Castellini M. 2016. Effects of crop residue management on winter durum wheat productivity in a long term experiment in Southern Italy. European Journal of Agronomy 77, 188-198. doi: 10.1016/j.eja.2016.02.010
  • Walkiewicz A., Bulak P., Brzezińska M., Wnuk E., Bieganowski A. 2016. Methane oxidation in heavy metal contaminated Mollic Gleysol under oxic and hypoxic conditions. Environmental Pollution 213, 403-411. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2016.02.048
  • Webber H., Gaiser T., Oomen R., Teixeira E., Zhao G., Wallach D., Zimmermann A., Ewert F. 2016. Uncertainty in future irrigation water demand and risk of crop failure for maize in Europe. Environmental Research Letters 11, 074007. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/7/074007
  • Xiao D.P., Tao F.L. 2016. Contributions of cultivar shift, management practice and climate change to maize yield in North China Plain in 1981-2009. International Journal of Biometeorology 60, 1111-1122. doi: 10.1007/s00484-015-1104-9
  • Yin X., Olesen J.E., Wang M., Kersebaum K.-C., Chen H., Baby S., Öztürk I., Chen F. 2016. Adapting maize production to drought in the Northeast Farming Region of China. European Journal of Agronomy 77, 47-58. doi: 10.1016/j.eja.2016.03.004
  • Yin X., Olesen J.E., Wang M., Öztürk I., Zhang H., Chen F. 2016. Impacts and adaptation of the cropping systems to climate change in the Northeast Farming Region of China. European Journal of Agronomy 78, 60-72. doi: 10.1016/j.eja.2016.04.012
MACSUR events and external events
Major MACSUR meetings are listed on the MACSUR website. They are also announced on MACSUR's Facebook site and Twitter (FACCEMACSUR). All events can be subscribed to via a Google calendar
  Integrative Research Group of GRA  
  The Global Research Alliance has formed an Integrative Research Group as a merger of the previous Soil Carbon Nitrogen Cycling Group and Inventories & Monitoring Groups. The IRG met for the first time at the Livestock Research Group Meeting in February 2016.  
  Are you a soil expert?  
  The 4-per-thousand initiative is looking for experts for scientific and technical committees. Deadline: 2016-09-15. If you have been selected - please let us know.  
  Better digital soil maps key for future food security  
  Nature Communications shows that soil data used in a global crop model can often outweigh the effects of weather variability—such as year to year changes in rainfall and temperature. Importantly, the authors observed that estimated climate change effects on yield can be either negative or positive depending on the chosen soil type. Soils thus have the capacity to either buffer or amplify these impacts. 
Quoted from: Pedometrics Newsletter July, shortened.
  News from FACCE JPI  
  FACCE joins Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture  
  FACCE has joined the GACSA in July, emphasizing the contribution of European research to global food security. MACSUR has joined GACSA earlier this year.  
  FACCE Newsletter June 2016  
  Topics include: Meeting of chairs of 10 JPIs – Knowledge Network of Sustainable Intensification started – FACCE SURPLUS identified new activities – FACCE JPI prepares an ERA-Net cofund in Sustainable Crop Production – SUSFOOD 2 prepares new call – FACCE SURPLUS Kick-off  
  You can subscribe to the FACCE JPI newsletter on the FACCE JPI homepage.  
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