6 Works

Feed and water intake

Sadjad Danesh Mesgaran, Björn Kuhla, David Humphries, Martin Weisbjerg, Peter Lund, Emer Kennedy, Michael O'Donovan, Michelle Liddane, Norann Galvin, Jan Dijkstra & René Baumont
Knowledge about dry matter intake (DMI) is a very important element in cattle management. Modern, high producing dairy cows require great amount of feed in order to meet the nutrient and energy requirements for maintenance and milk production, particularly during early lactation. In beef animals, current breeding strategies aim to select animals with low residual feed intake. Therefore, individual feed intake evaluation helps to identify the productivity and efficiency of each animal, in relation to...

Building open lab hardware to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Stephanie Bull, Sarah Needs & Al Edwards
Microbiological imaging can be lengthy and labour-intensive without expensive lab-automation. Using Open Source hardware and software, Dr Al Edwards’ Biomedical Technology Lab designed a robot to take high-resolution images of experiments capturing changes in colour and fluorescence due to bacterial growth. This affordable solution has increased the Lab’s capability to image and screen samples with higher throughput, accuracy, and more kinetic data. The system is fully customisable to suit any imaging experiment and costs only...

Global Soybean Trade – The Geopolitics of a Bean

Marcello De Maria, Elizabeth Robinson, Joseph Rajabu Kangile, Reuben MJ Kadigi, Ilda Dreoni, Matheus Couto, Niko Howai, Jurgen Peci & Sicily Fiennes
This report, which is the result of collaborative effort within the Trade Hub project, explores the multiplicity of issues associated with the so-called ‘soybean miracle’, both from a global and a local perspective. With a comprehensive review of the available literature and data, and with country-specific summaries for Tanzania, Brazil and China, this study retraces the historical moments that contributed to make soybean a ‘global flexible crop’, increasingly appreciated and demanded for its versatility all...

Increasing research impact and visibility from day one: the benefits of Open Research for PhD students

Marcello De Maria
Dr Marcello De Maria – who recently completed his PhD at the University and is now a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development – highlights how using open practices during his PhD improved his research and supported his professional development. Open Access publications, Open Data, Open Source software and Open Research networks can be harnessed by PhD students and young researchers to build a competitive advantage from the very beginning of...

Brewing up a storm: developing Open Research culture through ReproducibiliTea

Lily FitzGibbon, Daniel Brady, Anthony Haffey, Vanessa Kurdi, Johnny Lau, Jasmine Raw, Etienne Roesch & Brendan Williams
ReproducibiliTea Reading is a group of researchers and students who meet regularly to discuss Open Research practice. Our aim is to reduce the perceived costs of adopting open and reproducible practices by increasing Open Research literacy. We have developed our technical skills and promoted open practices that have been taken up in our research. We are also exploring ways in which Open Research objectives can be integrated into student learning activities and researcher incentives.

Registration Year

  • 2020

Resource Types

  • Text


  • University of Reading
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • University of Clermont Auvergne
  • Aarhus University
  • University of Southampton
  • Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology
  • Teagasc - The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  • World Conservation Monitoring Centre
  • Wageningen University & Research