Rogier P. O. Schulte

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Because of current environmental legislation in European grass-based farming, there is a need to develop tools that can link nitrogen (N) production with losses to the environment. A mass balance empirical model (NCYCLE) is proposed to fulfil this role. This study describes the principles and stages to develop a mass balance N cycle model for Irish(More)
The effects of slurry application method and weather conditions after application on ammonia volatilisation are well documented, however, the effect on slurry N recovery in herbage is less evident due to large variability of results. The objective of this field experiment was to determine the recovery of cattle slurry NH4-N in herbage and soil in the year(More)
Fisher's alpha is a satisfactory scale-independent indicator of biodiversity. However, alpha may be underestimated in communities in which the spatial arrangement of individuals is strongly clustered, or in which the total number of species does not tend to infinity. We have extended Fisher's curve to allow for an accurate calibration of Fisher's alpha in(More)
This paper describes an empirical model of soil-evolved nitrous oxide emissions inferred from data gathered in a 2-year rotational grazing experiment investigating emissions from a fertilised and grazed grassland site. The model was used to simulate daily and annual emissions for the 9-year period between 1994 and 2002 under different possible fertiliser(More)
The application of phosphorus (P)-based fertiliser to agricultural soils can result in a skewed vertical distribution of P down the soil profile, since the element tends to accumulate at the soil surface. Such accumulation can have detrimental effects on the environment, as the erosion of surface soil can facilitate the transfer of large quantities of P out(More)
The Carbon Navigator has been developed to support the objective of reducing the carbon intensity of the dairy and beef sectors of Irish agriculture. The system is designed as a knowledge transfer (KT) tool aimed at supporting the realisation at farm level of the mitigation potential. The objective of this paper is to outline the potential role of KT in(More)
Citation: Schulte RPO, Bampa F, Bardy M, Coyle C, Creamer RE, Fealy R, Gardi C, Ghaley BB, Jordan P, Laudon H, O’Donoghue C, Ó’hUallacháin D, O’Sullivan L, Rutgers M, Six J, Toth GL and Vrebos D (2015) Making the Most of Our Land: Managing Soil Functions from Local to Continental Scale. Front. Environ. Sci. 3:81. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2015.00081 Making the(More)
Soil plays a key role in the global carbon (C) cycle. Most current assessments of SOC stocks and the guidelines given by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focus on the top 30 cm of soil. Our research shows that, when considering only total quantities, most of the SOC stocks are found in this top layer. However, not all forms of SOC are(More)
Farmers are under increasing pressure to use slurry-nutrients more efficiently in order to maximise crop utilisation and minimise losses to the environment. The objective of this field experiment was to quantify the fate of three N fractions (urine-N [U], rapid faecal-N [FR] and slow faecal-N [FS]) from cattle slurry in herbage and soil. The recovery of the(More)