Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Surinder Saggar

Surinder Saggar
Position: Portfolio Leader
Team: Ecosystems & Global Change
Location: Palmerston North
Private Bag 11052
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442
Phone: +64 6 353 4934
Fax: +64 3 321 9998

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Research Interests

Research Interests

Professor Surinder Saggar is the Principal Scientist and Research Leader Global Change Processes at Landcare Research and a Professorial Research Fellow, Massey University. After graduating BSc (Ag) with Honours and MSc (Soils) from the Punjab Agricultural University, India he took his PhD in soil science at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.  For over 35 years Professor Saggar has studied soil processes under a wide range of land uses and land managements and contributed to the development of strategies for sustainable land use.  His current research features climate change, process-based understanding of environmental implications of gaseous losses of nitrogen and its mitigation strategies. He is a Fellow of New Zealand Society of Soil Science and recipient of New Zealand Society of Soil Science M.L. Leamy Award for his meritorious contribution to soil science and  Norman Taylor Memorial Award for his outstanding scientific contributions to New Zealand and international soil science, and Regional Achievement Award, Landcare Research in recognition of perseverence in pursuing possible mitigation strategies for trace gas emissions.  He is an Expert Reviewer 2006 IPCC Good Practice Guidelines and IPCC Fourth Assessment II Working Group. Surinder is also Subject Editor Editorial of 'Soil Biology and Biochmeistry' Advisory Board Member ‘Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environments’ and 'The Open Agriculture Journal', and peer reviewer for about a dozen of international and national research journals. He has been involved in the supervision of a number of PhD, MSc/MApplSc students.  

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Saskatchewan
    PhD Soil Science
    1980
  • Punjab Agricultural
    MSc Soil Science
    1972
  • Punjab Agricultural
    BSc (Hons) Agriculture
    1970

Publications

Publications

  • McMillan AMS, Pal P, Phillips RL, Palmada T, Berben P, Jha N, Saggar S, Luo J 2016. Can pH amendments in grazed pastures help reduce N2O emissions from denitrification? - The effects of liming and urine addition on the completion of denitrification in fluvial and volcanic soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 93: 90-104. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.10.013 (Journal Article, 2016)
  • Morales SE, Jha N, Saggar S 2015. Impact of urine and the application of the nitrification inhibitor DCD on microbial communities in dairy-grazed pasture soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 88: 344-353. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.06.009 (Journal Article, 2015)
  • Giltrap DL, Berben P, Palmada T, Saggar S 2014. Understanding and analysing spatial variability of nitrous oxide emissions from a grazed pasture. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 186: 1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2014.01.012 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Saggar S, Camps Arbestain M, Leifeld J ed. 2014. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 191. Elsevier. 168 p. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01678809/191 (Serial, 2014)
  • Arbestain MC, Saggar S, Leifeld J 2014. Environmental benefits and risks of biochar application to soil. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 191: 1-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2014.04.014 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Saggar S 2014. Agricultural land-use change and global climate change: New Zealand experience. Japanese Journal of Crop Science 83(extra issue 1): 468-469. https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jcsproc/237/0/237_468/_article (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Deslippe JR, Jamali H, Jha N, Saggar S 2014. Denitrifier community size, structure and activity along a gradient of pasture to riparian soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 71: 48-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.01.007 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Kim D-G, Giltrap DL, Saggar S, Hanly JA 2014. Field studies assessing the effect of dicyandiamide (DCD) on N transformations, pasture yields, N2O emissions and N-leaching in the Manawatu region. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research 57(4): 271-293. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00288233.2013.855244 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Jorquera MA, Martínez OA, Marileo LG, Acuña JJ, Saggar S, Mora ML 2014. Effect of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization on the composition of rhizobacterial communities of two Chilean Andisol pastures. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 30(1): 99-107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11274-013-1427-9 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Saggar S, Jha N, Deslippe J, Bolan NS, Luo J, Giltrap DL, Kim DG, Zaman M, Tillman RW 2013. Denitrification and N2O:N2 production in temperate grasslands: processes, measurements, modelling and mitigating negative impacts. Science of the Total Environment 465: 173-195. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.11.050 (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Saggar S, Singh J, Giltrap DL, Zaman M, Luo J, Rollo M, Kim DG, Rys G, van der Weerden TJ 2013. Quantification of reductions in ammonia emissions from fertiliser urea and animal urine in grazed pastures with urease inhibitors for agriculture inventory: New Zealand as a case study. Science of the Total Environment 465: 136-146. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.07.088 (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Zaman M, Saggar S, Stafford AD 2013. Mitigation of ammonia losses from urea applied to a pastoral system: the effect of nBTPT and timing and amount of irrigation. Proceedings: New Zealand Grassland Association 75th Annual Conference, Tauranga, New Zealand, 5-7 November 2013. Pp. 209-214. http://grassland.org.nz/publications/nzgrassland_publication_2552.pdf (Conference Proceedings, 2013)
  • Bolan N, Saggar S, Kirkham MB ed. 2013. Science of the Total Environment 465. Elsevier. 336 p. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00489697/465 (Serial, 2013)
  • Luo J, Hoogendoorn C, van der Weerden T, Saggar S, De Klein C, Giltrap D, Rollo M, Rys G 2013. Nitrous oxide emissions from grazed hill land in New Zealand. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 181: 58-68. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2013.09.020 (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Kirschbaum MUF, Saggar S, Tate KR, Thakur KP, Giltrap DL 2013. Quantifying the climate-change consequences of shifting land use between forest and agriculture. Science of the Total Environment 465: 314-324. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.01.026 (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Kirschbaum MUF, Saggar S, Tate KR, Giltrap DL, Ausseil AGE, Greenhalgh S, Whitehead D 2012. Comprehensive evaluation of the climate-change implications of shifting land use between forest and grassland: New Zealand as a case study. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 150: 123-138. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167880912000187 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Poster "BIOCHAR AS A CATALYST FOR SOIL CARBON SINK ENHANCEMENT: A LYSIMETER STUDY" Calvelo Pereira, R; Wisnobruto, E. Hedley, M.; Camps-Arbestain, M.; Green, S.; Saggar, S.; Deurer, M. for Presentationation at teh Euro2012 Conference (Other, 2012)
  • Kim D-G, Giltrap D, Saggar S, Palmada T, Berben P, Drysdale D 2012. Fate of the nitrification inhibitor dicyandiamide (DCD) sprayed on a grazed pasture: effect of rate and time of application. Soil Research 50(4): 337-347. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/SR12069 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Van Der Weerden TJ, Luo J, Hoogendoorn CJ, De Klein CAM, Saggar S 2012. Nitrous oxide emission factors for sheep urine deposited on hill country. In: Hassouna M, Guingand N ed. Proceedings: International Symposium on Emissions of Gas and Dust from Livestock, Saint-Malo, France, 10-13 June 2012. Pp. 156-159. https://colloque4.inra.fr/emili2012/Book (Conference Proceedings, 2012)
  • Jha N, Saggar S, Tillman R, Giltrap D 2012. Changes in dentrification rate and N2O/N2 ratio with varying soil moisture conditions in New Zealand pasture soils. In: Currie LD, Christensen CL ed. Proceedings: Advanced Nutrient Management: Gains from the Past - Goals for the Future, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, February 2012. Pp. 15. http://www.massey.ac.nz/~flrc/workshops/12/Manuscripts/Jha_2012.pdf (Conference Proceedings, 2012)
  • Gillingham AG, Ledgard SF, Saggar S, Cameron KC, Di HJ, de Klein C, Aspin MD 2012. Initial evaluation of the effects of dicyandiamide (DCD) on nitrous oxide emissions, nitrate leaching and dry matter production from dairy pastures in a range of locations within New Zealand. Proceedings: 25th Annual Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre Workshop, Palmerston North, 7-9 February 2012. Pp. 16. http://flrc.massey.ac.nz/workshops/12/Manuscripts/Gillingham_2012.pdf (Conference Proceedings, 2012)
  • Thakur KP, Giltrap D, Ausseil A-G, Saggar S, Raj A 2011. Beyond the logistic growth model for nitrous oxide emission factors from agricultural soils. Proceedings: International Conference on Sensing Technology, Palmerston North, 28th November- 1st December 2011. Pp. 399-404. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICSensT.2011.6137008 (Conference Proceedings, 2011)

Memberships

Memberships

  • Invited member of the New Zealand Government delegation on US/NZ Bilateral Climate Change Partnership meetings in Washington (2006)
  • Section Editor Soil Biology and Biochemistry (2006), Elsevier
  • Editorial board member of the international journal, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2000), Elselvier
  • CPAg (Certified Professional Agricultural Consultant), New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science., New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science
  • New Zealand Justice of Peace
  • Landcare Research Professorship in Environmental Sciences as the first Professorial Research Fellow, Institute of Natural Resources, Massey University (2007) , Institute of Natural Resources, Massey University
  • Global DNDC network facilitator, Global DNDC network
  • Expert Reviewer and member of a Panel of Experts for the evaluation of proposals of the Fourth National Call for Research Centers of Excellence - FONDAP 2011., National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research in Chile (CONICYT)
  • Guest Co-Editor Special Issue on Soil: Sink & Source for GHG Science of the Total Environment (2012-13), Science of the Total Environment
  • Fellow, New Zealand Society of Soil Science
  • Fellow, New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science
  • Associate Editor for Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
  • Surinder Saggar has been reappointed to America-New Zealand Soil Science Professional Exchange Fund Committee for two-year starting 1 January 2014 till 31 December 2015. , America-New Zealand Soil Science Professional Exchange Fund Committee

Skills

Skills

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Climate Change
  • Soil Biogeochemistry
  • Soil carbon dynamics, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur cycling and greenhouse gas emissions/sinks (carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane) in pasture, tussock, cropping and forest ecosystems, soil biological processes, radioisotope techniques, and simu
  • Soil Fertility
  • Soil Science
  • Sustainable Land Management