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Dr Madeleine Bell

Dr Madeleine Bell

Madeleine Bell

 0131 535 4214

Scotland’s Rural College
W Mains Rd


Research interests 

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils
  • Soil carbon stocks and land-use change
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Spatial and temporal variability in nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural soils
  • Predicting and modelling nitrous oxide emissions
  • Biochar soil amendments for GHG mitigation 
  • Legume intercropping and nitrogen fixation
  • Soil nitrogen cycling
  • Agro-environmental science

I am an environmental scientist interested in agricultural land-use change and agricultural management to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change.

Selected research projects

  • N-CIRCLE: Virtual Joint Centre for Closed-Loop Cycling of Nitrogen in Chinese Agriculture
    This BBSRC Newton funded project involves experimental work to investigate the potential to maximise nitrogen fixation and transfer through legume-cereal intercropping systems in UK and Chinese agriculture.
  • UK Greenhouse Gas Inventory Programme (Defra)
    A UK-wide assessment of nitrous oxide emissions from a range of agricultural land management practices. Emissions from a range of land-uses have been quantified and used to update emission factor calculations. Methods of nitrous oxide mitigation have been investigated, including nitrification inhibitors and organic fertiliser.
  • Novel Greenhouse Gas Reduction Methods (Scottish Government)
    Spatial heterogeneity in nitrous oxide emissions from intensively managed Scottish grasslands. The affect of targeted lime applications using precision agriculture on nitrous oxide emissions and soil properties will be investigated.


Leading Ideas

  • Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 2: Productive and sustainable land management and Rural Economies
  • 2.3.6 Novel GHG reduction measures
  • 2.3.5 Improving existing GHG reduction measures
  • 2.3 - Productive and Sustainable Land Management