Chuanzhen Zhang

Chuanzhen’s research topic is understanding and optimising the nitrogen utilization in crop-livestock systems for sustainable agricultural development and will contribute to the work of Themes 4 and 5. The decoupling of the crop-livestock system is expected to continue to spatially cluster within and among countries, which changed the closed nitrogen (N) loop, leading to inefficient N utilization efficiency. Understanding and optimizing N utilization in crop-livestock systems for more food and less resource consumption (e.g., energy and water) and pollution is critical for global sustainable goals. Therefore, Chuanzhen’s research aims to achieve sustainable food-energy-water nexus by optimizing the N use in crop-livestock systems.It will be addressed by assessing the impact of crop trade, and optimizing the production and trade structure to improve N use efficiency and reduce resource consumption in crop-livestock systems.

Chuanzhen is currently a PhD student supervised by Professor Deli Chen at the University of Melbourne. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Shanxi Agricultural University in 2016, and a master’s degree from Zhejiang University in 2019, majoring in land resource management. During her master’s degree, she mainly focused on rebuilding the linkage between livestock and cropland to mitigate agricultural pollution in China, and published an article in Resources, Conservation & Recycling as the first author. In her PhD project, she extended this research to a global scale and looks forward to contributing to improvements in resource efficiency, environmental pollution and human health.

Organisation:
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne

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