Today farming systems need to be both multifunctional and sustainable. Sustainability 'audits' need to cover both 'upstreaming': the farm to fork and 'downstreaming': the farm to field aspects. Audits of this type are not possible without an integrated approach that brings together both social and economic drivers and the environmental consequences of farmer and policy decisions. In particular, more rigorous research linking microbiological research to public perceptions of risk; actual levels of risk, and public perceptions of 'traceability' in the food chain and water quality is needed.

In this project we bring together expertise to determine current perceptions of farmers, retailers, consumers and local 'downstream' industries to the issue of faecal indicator organism (FIO) transfers to watercourses and assess the impacts of changes in management practices (to reduce the risk of FIO transfers) on farm costs and costs to other stakeholder groups and the region as a whole. We will develop an integrated assessment tool to quantify the risk of FIO transfers at the farm-scale to enable targeting of cost effective management practices to reduce FIO transfers. Additional process based research will improve our understanding of the factors controlling FIO survival in soils as well as mechanisms of pathogen transport.



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Catchments, sub-catchments and private spaces: scale and process in managing microbial pollution from source to sea

Author: Michael Winter Date: 01 May 2011 Journal article

Farming livelihoods and landscapes : tensions in rural development and environmental regulation

Author: Theresa Selfa Date: 01 December 2010 Journal article

Development and testing of a risk indexing framework to determine field-scale critical source areas of faecal bacteria on grassland

Author: David M. Oliver Date: 01 April 2010 Journal article

Safe recycling of livestock manures

Author: A. Liddon Date: 20 August 2009 Other publication/report

Environment and land use

Author: D. Chadwick Date: 01 July 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Sustainable and holistic food chains for recycling livestock waste to land

Author: D. Chadwick Date: 01 July 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Establishing relative release kinetics of faecal indicator organisms from different faecal matrices

Author: Chris J. Hodgson Date: 01 July 2009 Journal article

Scale appropriate modelling of diffuse microbial pollution from agriculture

Author: David M. Oliver Date: 01 June 2009 Journal article

Unruly pathogens : eliciting values for environmental risk in the context of heterogeneous expert knowledge

Author: Robert Fish Date: 01 May 2009 Journal article

A cross-disciplinary toolkit to assess the risk of faecal indicator loss from grassland farm systems to surface waters

Author: David Oliver Date: 01 February 2009 Journal article

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Full research report

Author: Dave Chadwick Date: 28 November 2008 Full research report

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Non-technical summary

Author: Dave Chadwick Date: 28 November 2008 Research summary

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Citizen's Jury approach to addressing : contemporary livestock farming: are our watercourses at risk?

person involved: Robert Fish Date: 07 November 2008 Audio/video recording

Building integrated natural and social science solutions to assess the risk of FIO loss from land to water : a cross-disciplinary toolkit

Author: David Oliver Date: 06 November 2008 Conference paper/presentation

Household and landscape responses to changing environmental mandates : examples from Devon, England

Author: Theresa Selfa Date: 06 November 2008 Conference paper/presentation

A cross-disciplinary toolkit to assess the risk of faecal indicator loss from grassland farm systems to surface waters

Author: David Oliver Date: 06 November 2008 Article (submitted)

Sustainable and holistic food chains for recycling livestock waste to land

Author: Louise Heathwaite Date: 06 November 2008 Website

Dealing with uncertain data

Creator: David Oliver Date: 06 November 2008 Seminar/workshop

Sustainable and holistic food chains for recycling livestock waste to land

Author: Christopher Hodgson Date: 06 November 2008 Other output

Scaling up social and natural attributes of FIO risks

Creator: David Oliver Date: 06 November 2008 Presentation/lecture

Grazing = defecation = pollution = not that simple?

Creator: David Oliver Date: 06 November 2008 Presentation/lecture

Working with sentient beings : some issues arising for the creation of certain knowledge

Creator: Robert Fish Date: 06 November 2008 Presentation/lecture

Unruly pathogens and uncertain science : sustaining our rivers and bathing waters

Creator: Robert Fish Date: 06 November 2008 Presentation/lecture

Livestock diseases

Creator: Robert Fish Date: 06 November 2008 Presentation/lecture

On Interdisciplinary working experiences of a recent RELU project examining holistic approaches to waste management

Creator: Robert Fish Date: 06 November 2008 Presentation/lecture

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Start date
01 February 2005
End date
29 June 2008
Grant holder
Professor David Chadwick
Co-applicants
Professor Ann Louise Heathwaite
Professor Michael Winter
Grant amount
£456,646.42
Grant reference
RES-224-25-0086
Discipline
Multidisciplinary
Grant type