IBH Seminar: YEN Zero: Uniting Agri-Stakeholders for Net Zero by 2040

Speakers: Dr Pete Berry and Laurie Abel from ADAS


The International Barley Hub is pleased to announce the next in the 2023 series of seminars, run by leading barley scientists and industry experts. This seminar is entitled “YEN Zero: Uniting Agri-Stakeholders for Net Zero by 2040”, and will be presented by Dr Pete Berry and Laurie Abel from ADAS.

In this presentation, we Pete and Laurie will provide an overview of the two-year-old Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) Zero initiative. YEN Zero was established with the primary goal of fostering a Net Zero community within the agricultural industry, uniting stakeholders to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2040. Within this framework, farmers and sponsors gain access to tools for calculating and benchmarking their crop carbon footprints, sharing knowledge on Net Zero topics, establishing consensus metrics for carbon footprint calculations, and testing greenhouse gas mitigation strategies on farms. The talk will also highlight key findings on the major sources of greenhouse gases and the most effective strategies for reducing them.

Speaker Bios:

Pete is a Crop Physiologist who has worked at ADAS for 20 years and leads the ADAS Crop Physiology team. He is based at ADAS High Mowthorpe in North Yorkshire. Prior to this he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in crop science at Nottingham University. The main aim of his work is to improve performance and reduce pollution of cropping systems through an understanding of crop physiology, plant breeding and agronomy. His goal is to produce sound practical advice for the farming industry which is based on rigorous and high quality research (he has authored 50 peer reviewed research papers). His projects engage with a wide range of audiences including farmers, agronomists, policy makers and scientists. Important areas of his research include; increasing crop yields sustainably, optimising crop nutrition, minimising greenhouse gases, precision farming technologies, lodging control & plant growth regulation and development of reliable pest thresholds. He works on a wide range of crops including all cereals, oilseed rape and grassland in the UK and overseas (USA, Ireland, China, Mexico).

Laurie is an Agricultural Research Consultant who joined the Crop Physiology team at ADAS in 2022 after completing a degree in Zoology at the University of Aberdeen. She is based in Aberdeen, Scotland and helps manage the tramline trials from the borders and north.