Diversified Agroecosystems Research Cluster
Our research cluster is developing novel approaches to assess linked social and ecological outcomes of diversified agroecosystems.
Uniquely positioned as a research excellence cluster based at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, our team members use ecological, social, economic and systems analysis perspectives to improve soil and water quality, minimize nutrient losses, protect biodiversity, and support climate resilience and food sovereignty.
The Diversified Agroecosystems Research Cluster aims to leverage the research excellence represented by CSFS members and global partners to evaluate diversified agroecosystems. Using ecological and systems analysis perspectives for integrated research on bioenergy, water resources, and food production, members will work to maximize crop yields, improve soil quality and biodiversity, and minimize nutrient losses to the environment. The network brings together leading researchers worldwide to create a novel, next-generation, grassroots generated and open-data food systems approach to assessing linked social and ecological outcomes of diversified agricultural systems.
Cluster News and Events
Monday, June 14, 2021 (2pm - 3pm PST)
CSFS Associate Seminar with Dr. Simone Castellarin || "Regulated Deficit Irrigation Strategies for Saving Irrigation Water in Vineyards"
Water management in vineyards is arguably one of the major issues that the wine industry is facing. Climate change is forecasted to make precipitations more erratic and to increase temperatures in many wine regions, making drought events more frequent in vineyards. Growers can apply regulated deficit irrigation strategies, consisting on providing sub-optimal irrigation levels to the vines, to save irrigation water and improve wine quality. Indeed, water deficit induces the accumulation of grape pigments and aromas, improving the quality of the derived wines. The development of deficit irrigation strategies may result in improved wine quality and more sustainable wine productions in British Columbia and worldwide.
Friday, April 9, 2021 9:00am - 9:40am PST
Generating a more holistic understanding of the risks of pandemics, with Dr. Ivette Perfecto
On Friday, April 9th at 9:00 am PST, join Dr. Ivette Perfecto as she discusses the importance of integrating ecological, social, and political factors for generating a more holistic understanding of the risks of pandemics . This will be framed in the context of the Pandemic Research for the People, a working group of the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps. This working group consists of academics, farmers, activists, who collectively take action to develop a critical analysis as well as agroecological alternatives to achieve healthy landscapes for the environment and for the people.
UBC Research Excellence Cluster on Diversified Agroecosystems
Diversified Agroecosystems Cluster is renewed
The Diversified Agroecosystems Cluster has been renewed for the next 2 years. This is a major UBC grant hosted at the CSFS and is a collaboration with researchers across North America.
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm is on the cutting edge of climate adaptation and resiliency in agriculture, according to a recent feature by BioLab Business.
UBC Strategic Plan
Data Helps Drive Diversified Agroecosystems Research
Our data-driven cluster is featured by the UBC Strategic Plan: "Charting a pathway towards a sustainable food system in a way that is holistic and multidisciplinary is the goal of UBC’s Diversified Agroecosystems Research Cluster."
Diversified Agroecosystem Research Cluster
Developing a Long Term Agroecological Research Station
Establishing the UBC Farm as a living laboratory for developing long-term experimental protocols to examine trade-offs and synergies in diversified agroecosystems, and places it as the central hub in a Coordinated Distributed Experimental Network (CDEN) of diversified research farms around the world.
Organic Cluster III Recipients