Building capacity in greenhouse gas analytics beyond ILRI’s Mazingira Centre
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Building capacity in greenhouse gas analytics beyond ILRI’s Mazingira Centre

Besides the scaling of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using models (see our previous training event here) there is a crucial need to build capacity on core analytics for GHG concentrations measurements such as gas chromatography. Based on the available instruments within ILRI’s Mazingira Centre, local universities (Maseno University) and national research centres (KALRO) we invited … Continue reading

Training on modelling greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems in Africa
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Training on modelling greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems in Africa

Between 22nd and 26th October, ILRI’s Mazingira Centre and FAO jointly organised a training workshop on modelling greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems in Africa. Why is this important? Current greenhouse gas emission estimates from livestock and manure in Africa are primarily estimating based on existing expert knowledge which is predominantly derived from livestock systems in developed … Continue reading

First continuous greenhouse gas measurements and validation of satellite derived land surface temperature estimates in East African drylands
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First continuous greenhouse gas measurements and validation of satellite derived land surface temperature estimates in East African drylands

by Thomas Dowling (King’s College London) and Lutz Merbold (Mazingira Centre, ILRI) Since the beginning of August 2018, the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI’s) Kapiti research station, approximately 60km South of Nairobi, has become a reference site for the validation of satellite derived land surface temperature (LST) in partnership with King’s College London (KCL). While … Continue reading

Feedback workshops yield significant insights for smallholder dairy farmers in Nandi and Bomet
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Feedback workshops yield significant insights for smallholder dairy farmers in Nandi and Bomet

Farmer feedback workshops carried out in Nandi and Bomet counties in Kenya address various challenges faced by dairy smallholders. Based on results from previous data collected, training sessions on various aspects of dairy farming are delivered. Continue reading

Voices from the lab: Postdoctoral researcher shares her first field trip experience
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Voices from the lab: Postdoctoral researcher shares her first field trip experience

In this blog, one of the most recent Mazingira members, Sonja Leitner (Postdoctoral researcher, soil ecologist) who started with the team on 1st March 2018, shares an experience of her first field trip to Tanzania. From 25-30/03/2018, I joined Lutz Merbold and Phyllis Ndung’u on a field trip to Tanzania, where we visited different smallholder … Continue reading

Mazingira contributes to a global litter decomposition initiative
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Mazingira contributes to a global litter decomposition initiative

Plant litter represents a major carbon pool in the global carbon cycle and accurate estimates of litter decomposition resulting in a major flux of CO2 to the atmosphere will allow to better constrain carbon turnover in ecosystems. Therefore a global approach – the TeaComposition Initiative – was taken (more info here: TeaComposition). In brief, within … Continue reading

First Mazingira PhD student – Alice Onyango – successfully defended her thesis
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First Mazingira PhD student – Alice Onyango – successfully defended her thesis

Congratulations Alice Onyango for successfully defending your PhD thesis on 18th January 2018 at University of Hohenheim, Germany. The Mazingira Team is very proud of you! Continue reading