LegumeLegacy highlights LegacyNet Conference in Recent Blog Post

23 April 2024

New blog post from ADAPT’s LegumeLegacy highlights the LegacyNet conference that took place in March of this year in Dublin, Ireland. LegacyNet, partner consortium of LegumeLegacy, comprises thirty experimental sites spread across Europe, China, Canada, USA, and New Zealand. These sites share a common design, investigating the yield advantages of multispecies grassland leys and their legacy impacts on follow-on crops in crop rotation systems.

At the conference, participants had the chance to undergo training on Diversity-Interactions (DI) models. These models are pivotal in dissecting outcomes from both LegacyNet and LegumeLegacy experiments. Grounded in multiple regression methodologies, DI models help isolate factors like species-specific effects and interactions, accounting for species richness, composition, and plant community proportions. This approach allows for a comprehensive exploration of the intricate relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function responses.

The integration of agricultural experiments and statistics, exemplified by DI models, is remarkable. By comprehending the collective impact of richness, composition, and proportion, DI models enable predictions of ecosystem functions within grassland species mixtures. For those interested in delving deeper, the DI models website offers additional insights. Read the full blog post here.

LegumeLegacy is a Marie-Curie Doctoral Network funded under the Horizon-MSCA-DN-2021 programme and consists of 33 people across 14 institutions in academia and industry. With this programme the team aims to train their cohort of Doctoral Researchers to be the next generation of leaders in sustainable agri-ecosystems. 

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