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Goetz Richter

Senior Research Scientist
Sustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden
+44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext: +44 1582 938593
Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ
Past Projects
Project Leader
  • Development and application of models for soil-plant-atmosphere interactions to optimize resource capture and management of low-input systems
  • The BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC): Perennial Bioenergy Crops Programme: SSC component
  • Impacts of spatio-climatic variability on environment-hosted land-based renewables: Micro-climates
  • Understanding processes determining soil carbon balances under perennial bioenergy crops: CARBO-BIOCROP
  • ADMIT Biorenewables-Climate KIC
  • The BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC): Perennial Bioenergy Crops Programme
  • Integrating carbon systems
  • Maximising carbon retention in soils


Richter GM, Agostini F, Barker A, Costomiris D, Qi A. 2016. Assessing on-farm productivity of Miscanthus crops by combining soil mapping, yield modelling and remote sensing. Journal of Biomass and Bioenergy online, DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.1012.1024.

Cerasuolo M, Richter GM, Richard B, Cunniff J, Girbau S, Shield I, Purdy S, Karp A. 2015. Development of a sink-source interaction model for the growth of SRC willow and in silico exploration of G × E effects. Journal of Experimental Botany online, doi:10.1093/jxb/erv1507. 

McCalmont J, Hastings A, McNamara N, Richter G, Robson P, Donnison I, Clifton-Brown J. 2015. Environmental costs and benefits of growing Miscanthus for bioenergy in the UK. Global Change Biology-Bioenergy online, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12294

Agostini, F., Gregory, A.S., Richter, G.M., 2015. Carbon sequestration under perennial energy crops: is the jury still out? BioEnergy Research 8, 1057-1080.

Richter, G.M., Agostini, F., Redmile-Gordon, M., White, R., Goulding, K.W.T., 2015. Sequestration of C in soils under Miscanthus can be marginal and is affected by genotype-specific root distribution. Agr Ecosyst Environ 200, 169-177.

Karp, A., Richter, G.M., Shield, I.F., Hanley, S.H., 2014. Genetics, genomics and crop modelling: integrative approaches to the improvement of biomass willows. In: McCann, M.C., et al (Eds.), Advances in Plant Biology. Springer Science+Business Media, New York, pp. 107-130.

Cerasuolo, M., Richter, G.M., Cunniff, J., Purdy, S., Shield, I., Karp, A., 2013. A pseudo-3D model to optimise the target traits of light interception in short-rotation coppice willow. Agr Forest Meteorol 173, 127-138.

Li, R., di Virgilio, N., Guan, Q.F., Feng, S., Richter, G.M., 2013. Reviewing Models of Land Availability and Dynamics for Biofuel Crops in the United States and European Union. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining early view online.

Karp A, Richter GM, 2011. Meeting the challenge of food and energy security. Journal of Experimental Biology 62 (10), 3263-3271

Glendining MJ, Dailey AG, Catt JA, Powlson DS, Richter GM & Whitmore AP, 2011. Pedotransfer functions for predicting soil organic nitrogen up to the global scale. European Journal of Soil Science 62, 13–22. 

Pitre FE, Brereton NJ, Audoire S, Hanley S J, Shield I, Richter GM, Karp A, 2010. Estimating root biomass in Salix viminalis x Salix schwerinii cultivar "Olof" using the electrical capacitance method. Plant Biosystems 144 (2), 479-483.

Vegapareddy M, Richter GM, Goulding KWT, 2010. Using digital image analysis to quantify the architectural parameters of roots grown in thin rhizotrons. Plant Biosystems 144 (2), 499-506.

Bauen AW, Dunnett AJ, Richter GM, Dailey AG, Aylott MJ, Casella E, Taylor G. 2010. Modelling demand and supply of bioenergy from short rotation coppice and Miscanthus in the UK. Bioresource Technology  101: 8132-8143.

Richter GM, Acutis M, Trevisiol P, Latiri K, Confalonieri R. 2010. Sensitivity analysis for a complex crop model applied to durum wheat in the Mediterranean. European Journal of Agronomy 32 (2): 127-136.

Ferrara, RM, Rana, G, Trevisiol, P, Acutis, M, Richter GM, Baggaley, N, 2010. Topographic impacts on wheat yields under climate change - a case study in Europe. Theoretical Applied Climatology 99: 53-65

Hillier J, Whittaker C, Dailey AG, Aylott M, Casella E, Richter GM, Riche A, Murphy R, Taylor G, Smith P. 2009. Greenhouse gas emissions from four bio-energy crops in England and Wales: Integrating spatial estimates of yield and soil c balance in life cycle analyses. Global change Biology-Bioenergy 1: 267-281.

Lovett AA; Sunnenberg GM; Richter GM; Dailey AG; Riche AB and Karp A, 2009. Land use implications of increased biomass production identified by GIS -based suitability and yield mapping for Miscanthus in England. Bioenergy Research 2: 17-28.

Richter GM, Riche AB, Dailey AG, Gezan SA, Powlson DS, 2008. Is UK biofuel supply from Miscanthus water-limited? Soil Use and Management 24: 235-245 .

Richter GM, Lawlor, DW, Latiri, K, Acutis, M and Qureshi, KN, 2007. Field scale WUE - inherent variability and options for crop selection and management. Options Mediterranneenes (Series A) 72, 93-100 .

Acutis M, Trevisiol P, Gusberti D, Ferrara RM, Rana G, Richter GM, 2007. WUE at regional scale - water saving and global benefit. Options Mediterranneenes (Series A) 72, 101-108 .

Acutis M ., Rana G., Trevisiol P., Bechini L., Laudato M., Ferrara R., Richter G.M., 2007. Integrating a spatial micrometeorological model into the risk assessment for arable crops in hilly terrain. In: Modelling water and nutrient dynamics in soil-crop systems, K.C. Kersebaum, J.-M. Hecker, W. Mirschel & M. Wegehenkel (Eds). Springer, 51-58.

Richter G.M., Qi A., Semenov M.A., and Jaggard K.W., 2006. Modelling the variability of UK sugar beet yields under climate change and husbandry adaptations. Soil Use Management 22, 39-47.

Rinaldi, M., Di Paolo, E., Richter G.M., Payne, R., 2005. Modelling the effect of soil moisture on germination and emergence. Annals of Applied Biology 147, 69-80

Richter GM, Steuernagel, B, Köhler, J. 2005. Modelling root activity to narrow the gene-environment gap. Aspects of Applied Biology 73, 133-140.

Richter, G.M. & Semenov, M.A., 2005. Modelling impacts of climate change on wheat yields in England and Wales - assessing drought risks. Agricultural Systems 84(1): 77-97.

Richter, G.M., Schmidt, T. & Franko, U., 2004. Using long-term experiments to evaluate models for assessing climatic impacts on future crop production. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science 50 (6), 553-562.

Smith, J. U., Smith, P., Richter, G.M., Agostini, F.A., Welham, S.J., 2003. Testing the adequacy of measured data for evaluating nitrogen turnover models by the dot-to-dot method. European Journal of Soil Science. 54, 175-185.

Pidgeon, J. D., Werker, A. R., Jaggard, K. W., Richter, G. M., Lister, D. H., Jones, P. D.. 2001. Climatic impact on the productivity of sugar beet in Europe , 1961-1995. Agricultural, Forest Meteorology 109, 27-37.

Richter, G.M., Jaggard, K.W., Mitchell, R. A.C. , 2001. Modelling radiation interception and radiation use efficiency for sugar beet under variable climatic stress. Agricultural, Forest Meteorology 109, 13-25.

Richter, G.M., Tuck, G., Smith, JU, 2001. Modelling variation in C and N loss and effect on N mineralisation after grassland ploughing over a catchment. In: Rees, RM, Ball, BC, Campbell, CD, Watson, CA, (Eds.) Sustainable management of soil organic matter, CAB International, 67-73.

Richter, G.M., 1999: Variability of winter rye grain yield in a glacial plain catchment - modelling and observation. European Journal of Agronomy 11, 239-253.

Richter, G.M., Beblik, A.J. , Schmalstieg, K., Richter O., 1998: N-dynamics and nitrate leaching under rotational and permanent setaside - A case study at the field and catchment scale. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 68, 125-138.

Richter, G.M., Kuhn, M., Baumann, K. Richter, J., 1997: Nitratbelastung tieferer Bodenschichten in der hohen Geest im Verh�ltnis zur Intensitaet der Ackernutzung. Z.f. Kulturtechnik und Landentwicklung , 38, 18-23.

Richter, G.M., Baumann, K., Richter, J., 1996. Modeling nitrate leaching during the winter halfyear from sandy arable soils under intensive cultivation. Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 159, 279-288.

Richter, G.M., P. Widmer, J. Richter, 1994: Biological relevance of easily extractable organic nitrogen (EUF-Norg) for the estimation of nitrogen mineralization. European J. Agronomy, 3(4), 281-289.

Richter, J., Richter, G.M., K.-Chr. Kersebaum, 1992: Modeling N-regimes of arable soils - a means for advisory purposes. Fresenius Envir. Bulletin 1, 268-273.

Joergensen, R.G., Richter G.M., 1992: Composition of carbon fractions and potential denitrification in drained peat soils. Journal of Soil Science 43, 347-358.

Aschenbrenner, F., G.M. Richter, J. Richter, 1992: Modeling groundwater quality in an agriculturally used water catchment. Environmental Geology Water Science 20 (1), 43-55.

Richter, G.M., Hoffmann, A., Nieder, R., Richter, J., 1989: Nitrogen mineralization in loamy arable soils after increasing the ploughing depth and breaking up grassland. Soil Use and Management , 5, (4) 169-173 Oxford.

Scheffer, B., Kuntze, H., Richter, G.M., 1988: Denitrifikation im ungesättigten Bereich von Niedermoorböden. Z.dt. geol. Ges . 139, 435-441.

Richter, G.M., Jury, W.A., 1986: A Microlysimeter field study of solute transport through a structured sandy loam soil. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 50: 863 - 868.


Richter GM; Cerasuolo M; Shield I; Qi A; Agostini F; Haughton A; Karp A (2014) Perennial energy crops as a win-win for greening and farming the European agricultural landscape. Theme 2: Feeding the future with sustainable agro-food system: Alternative production, distribution and consumption views and approaches: Workshop 2.9 “Greening the CAP”; IFSA Conference, Berlin, April 2014.

Richter, GM Agostini F, Barker A, Qi, A (2014) Estimating on-farm biomass supply of Miscanthus combining soil mapping, yield modelling and remote sensing. 22nd European Biomass Conference & Exhibition, Hamburg, 23-26 June 2014

Richter GM, Cerasuolo M, Richard B, Cunniff J, Hanley S, Karp A (2014) Integrating new evidence into a sink-source interaction model to improve the selection efficiency for high yielding Salix species. 6th International Poplar Symposium, Vancouver Ca, July 2014.

Richard B, Cerasuolo M., Girbau S., Cunniff J., Purdy S., Clifton-Brown J., Richter G. (2014) Identifying key environment-specific traits through process-based modelling for improvement of short rotation coppice willow. Poster. 6th International Poplar Symposium, Vancouver Ca, July 2014.

Francesco Agostini, Salvador Girbau, Goetz M. Richter (2014) Assessing Changes of Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) under Miscanthus from litter deposition and belowground biomass dynamics. Oral presentation EGU/SSSA Conference Earth Living Skin, Bari, Sept 2014. 

Richter GM, Agostini F, Barker A., 2011. Effect of Miscanthus on soil carbon sequestration. BSSS Workshop, Edinburgh, 2 November 2011  

Richter GM, Dailey GA, Riche AB, 2010. Indentify key parameters in a sink-source interaction model for energy crops. Proc. XIth Congress of the Eur Soc Agronomy, Agro2010, Montpellier (F), 29 Aug -2 Sept 2010.

Cerasuolo M, Shield I, Richter GM, 2010. Numerical and analytical study to estimate leaf distribution on the radiation interception in willow crops. Proc. XIth Congress of the Eur Soc Agronomy, Agro2010, Montpellier (F), 29 Aug -2 Sept 2010


Black, M. and Richter, G.M., 2010. Mapping out global biomass projections, technological developments and policy innovations. A background paper prepared for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) for an international ESPA workshop on biomass energy, 19-21 October 2010, Parliament House Hotel, Edinburgh.