SCIENCE

Dr MARTIN BLACKWELL

Soil Scientist

Sustainable Agriculture Sciences

BIOGRAPHY

Martin is a soil biogeochemist with a background in phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) cycling. His work focuses on P dynamics in grassland soils and the development of organic P analysis techniques. He is a council member of the British Society of Soil Science and chairs the Southwest England Soils Discussion Group. His interests include phosphorus research in soils and water, especially the role of organic P and its analysis using 31P-NMR and cycling using δ18O-PO4 techniques; effects of soil drying and rewetting on nutrient cycling in soils and losses to surface waters; mitigation of diffuse pollution from agriculture, especially the role and management of buffer strips; nitrogen cycling in fresh and intertidal wetland systems and development of functional assessment procedures for wetland assessment; improving phosphorus use efficiency in agriculture; Ecosystem Services tools for grassland and arable systems; and catchment scale projects for the mitigation of diffuse agricultural pollution and improvement of surface water quality. His current and developing areas of work include novel fertilisers for improving yields and nutritional quality of crops; development of Ecosystem Services tools for grassland and arable systems; determination of better fertiliser recommendations, especially for phosphorus; and improving phosphorus use efficiency and recycling in agriculture.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
martin.blackwell@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 (0) 1837 883 522

      ADDRESS:

      North Wyke, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2SB

        PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS

        PUBLICATIONS

        • 2015
          Blackwell, M. S. A.,Turner, B.,Granger, S. J.,Hooper, A. M.,Darch, T.,Hawkins, J. M. B.,Yuan, H.,McGrath, S. P.

          Using 31P-NMR to investigate dynamics of soil phosphorus compounds in the Rothamsted Long Term Experiments

          : EGU2015-11818
          Open Access

        • 2015
          Harris, P.,Dungait, J. A. J.,Griffith, B. A.,Shepherd, A.,Sint, H. M.,Blackwell, M. S. A.,Cardenas, L. M.,Collins, A. L.,Goulding, K. W. T.,Lee, M. R. F.,Orr, R. J.

          The North Wyke Farm Platform, a UK national capability for research into sustainability of temperate agricultural grassland management: progress and developments

          : EGU2015-15883

        • 2014
          Harris, P.,Griffith, B. A.,Shepherd, A.,Peukert, S.,Hawkins, J. M. B.,Elyes, C.,Whitmore, A. P.,Blackwell, M. S. A.,Brazier, R. E.,Cardenas, L. M.,Wu, L.,Dungait, J. A. J.,Collins, A. L.,Gurr, S. J.,Murray, P. J.,Goulding, K. W. T.,Orr, R. J.

          The North Wyke Farm Platform, a national capability for research into sustainability of temperate agricultural grassland management: data and modelling opportunities

          In Abstracts Tereno International Conference: from Observation to Prediction in Terrestrial Systems, Bonn, 29 September-2 October 2014 : P2-07

        • 2014
          Menezes-Blackburn, D.,Giles, C. D.,George, T. S.,Shand, C.,Lumsdon, D.,Cooper, P.,Wendler, R.,Adu, M.,Brown, L.,Stutter, M.,Blackwell, M. S. A.,Wearing, C.,Zhang, H.,Haygarth, P. M.

          Soil phosphorus in sustainable farming systems

          In SCOPE Newsletter: visions for sustainable phosphorus tomorrow contribution received May 2014 : 14

        • 2014
          Wright, H. R.,Dodd, I. C.,Blackwell, M. S. A.

          Can deficit irrigation techniques be used to enhance phosphorus and water use efficiency and benefit crop yields?

          In Abstracts 5th Conference on Phosphorus in Soils and Plants, Montpellier, 26-29 August 2014 : P131

        • 2014
          Blackwell, M. S. A.,Yuan, H.,McGrath, S. P.,Granger, S. J.,Hawkins, J. M. B.,Dunham, S. J.,Hooper, A. M.,George, T.,Shen, J.

          Changes in wheat root morphology under different phosphorus fertiliser supply rates

          In Abstracts 5th Conference on Phosphorus in Soils and Plants, Montpellier, 26-29 August 2014 : P242

        • 2014
          Menezes-Blackburn, D.,Giles, C.,George, T. S.,Shand, C.,Lumsdon, D.,Cooper, P.,Wendler, R.,Adu, M.,Brown, L.,Stutter, M.,Blackwell, M. S. A.,Wearing, C.,Zhang, H.,Haygarth, P. M.

          Exploiting root exudation of organic acids and phytases to enhance plant utilisation of soil phosphorus

          In Abstracts 5th Conference on Phosphorus in Soils and Plants, Montpellier, 26-29 August 2014 : P211

        • 2013
          Griffith, B. A.,Hawkins, J. M. B.,Orr, R. J.,Blackwell, M. S. A.,Murray, P. J.

          North Wyke Farm Platform: methodologies used in the remote sensing of the quantity and quality of drainage water

          In Proceedings 22nd International Grassland Congress, Sydney, 15-19 September 2013 : 1453-1455

          Edited by: Michalk, D. L.

        • 2013
          Murray, P. J.,Griffith, B. A.,Orr, R. J.,Shepherd, A.,Blackwell, M. S. A.,Hawkins, J. M. B.,Peukert, S.

          The North Wyke Farm Platform: a new UK national capability for research into sustainability of agricultural temperate grassland management

          In Proceedings 22nd International Grassland Congress, Sydney, 15-19 September 2013 : 1931-1933

          Edited by: Michalk, D. L.

        • 2009
          Blackwell, M. S. A.,Brookes, P. C.,De La Fuente-Martinez, N.,Murray, P. J.,Snars, K. E.,Williams, J. K.,Haygarth, P. M.

          Effects of soil drying and rewetting on phosphorus in leachate: the role of the soil microbial biomass and other properties

          In Abstracts BSSS Autumn Meeting 2009

        • 2009
          Bonnett, S. A. F.,Leah, R.,Blackwell, M. S. A.,Maltby, E.

          Impacts of predicted climate change on denitrification and greenhouse gas production in a temperate organic floodplain soil in southwest England

          In Abstracts BSSS Spring Meeting on Predicting the Future for Highly Organic Soils, Edinburgh, 5-7 May 2009

        • 2008
          Blackwell, M. S. A.,De La Fuente-Martinez, N.,Murray, P. J.,Brookes, P. C.,Snars, K. E.,Haygarth, P. M.,Williams, J. K.

          Impact of the rate of rewetting of a dried soil on the concentration of phosphorus in leachate

          In Abstracts 2008 Joint Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM, Houston, 5-9 October 2008

        • 2006
          Blackwell, M. S. A.,Brookes, P. C.,Haygarth, P. M.,Murray, P. J.,Snars, K.,Stamp, J.,Swain, A.

          A conceptual model describing the effects of soil wetting and drying on phosphorus biogeochemistry

          Third International Symposium on Phosphorus Dynamics in the Soil-Plant Continuum, Iberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 14-19 May 2006

        • 2003
          Bol, R.,Yamulki, S.,Rockmann, T.,Blackwell, M. S. A.

          Influence of flooding on the dual isotope and isotopomer ratios of N2O released from estuarine soils

          Poster Annual Meeting Stable Isotope Spectrometry Users Group (SIMSUG), Bristol, UK, 14-16 April 2003 : P24

        • 2002
          Kenny, C.,Birgand, F.,Blackwell, M. S. A.,Yamulki, S.,Maltby, E.,French, P.

          The effect of nitrogen concentration in floodwater on nitrous oxide fluxes from intertidal sediments: the Couesnon River Estuary, Normandy, France.

          GANE Meeting, University of Nottingham, 3-5 September 2002

        • 2001
          Kenny, C.,Blackwell, M. S. A.,Yamulki, S.,French, P.,Maltby, E.

          Nitrous oxide emission rates from intertidal sediments: the Couesnon River Estuary, Normandy

          First NERC-GANE meeting, University of Wales Bangor, 10-12 September 2001

        Strategic programme

        • Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST)
        • Soil 2 Nutrition (S2N)

        Science project

        • DTC Implementing Component 2 of Demonstration Test Catchments - to test integrated diffuse pollution migration measures for arable cropping, livestock, dairy and other farming systems
        • Exploiting root exudation of organic acids and phytases to enhance plant utilisation
        • SIP: opportunities and risks for farming and the environment at landscape scales (LM0302)
        • Impacts of different vegetation in riparian buffer strips on hydrology and water quality

        PhD project

        • Ecological Protection of Water Quality
        • Benefits of controlled soil drying for crop yields: disentangling nutritional and phytohormonal effects
        • In-soil trophic interactions between plants, rhizosphere bacteria and nematodes
        • Impact of soil drying-rewetting on phosphorus losses in leachate

        QUALIFICATIONS

        • 1991 BSc (Hons, upper second) Environmental Science, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK
        • 1998 PhD in Science, 'Zones of enhanced denitrification in river marginal wetlands', Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

        MEASURES OF ESTEEM

        • Council Member of the British Society of Soil Science
        • Chair of Southwest UK Soils Discussion Group (SWESDG)