• Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

  • West Mains Road, Kings Buildings, Peter Wilson Building

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

1996 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

My research interests focus on the synthesis and analysis of data and information from cropping and livestock systems. Key interests include:

  • long-term cropping experiments
  • impact of agricultural systems impact on the environment 
  • the role of legumes on the sustainability of cropping systems
  • rotation management on the sustainability of the system
  • nutrient flows/budgets in agricultural systems
  • GHG emissions from farming systems
  • impact of disease on crop production
  • impact of climate on agricultural systems


2021 - current Exploring host-microbiota interactions for improved crop health and food safety (Eastbio Studentship)

2018 - current Developing a “toolkit" of statistical approaches for cropping systems research 

2017-2021 Advantages of using detailed data to quantify socio-environmental aspects of agricultural systems

2017-2020 Modelling climate change impacts on European grassland-based livestock systems 

2016-2020 Towards supporting cohesive decision making across water, energy and food through understanding challenges in Malawi

2014-2018 Developing an environmental calculator for application in the beef industry

2014-2020 The opportunities to understand and improve nutrient assessment within a Scottish Nitrate Vulnerable Zone

2014-2018 Simulating soil N2O emissions from the arable soils of Scotland

2013-2017 Potential for Integrated Pest Management to reduce the need for fungicide use




Co-ordinator for MSc Sustainability of Food Production module.

Other work

Editorial roles

Agricultural Systems - Editor

Agriculture Ecosystems and the Environment - Editorial Board Member

Annals of Applied Biology - Guest Editor for Special Issue on Legumes

Agronomy Journal - Guest Editor Climate Factors Contribute to Grassland Net Primary Productivity

Contribution to reports

Contributed to The Third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Technical Report - published in 2021

Committee Roles

Association of Applied Biologists - Convenor of the Cropping and the Environment Group  and Council member

Stapledon Trust - Trustee and Committee member

Conferences Organising

GHG and ammonia mitigation 2022 (organised with AAB)

Crop production with reduced pesticide and fertiliser inputs to reduce carbon footprints (AAB 2021 - supporting organisers)

Advances in Legume Science and Practice 2 (organised with AAB, 2021)

Intercropping for sustainability (AAB 2021 - supporting role)



2022-2025 MI BICYCLE: Mitigation and Adaptation through Better biomass Cycling in Crop Livestock systems of North and West Europe (WP3 co-lead)

2021-2025 H2020 Multi-actor and transdisciplinary development of efficient and resilient mixed farming and agroforestry system (WP2 co-lead)

2021-2022 SFC UIF 2020/21 ACE Platform (lead)

2021-2022 SFC UIF 2020/21 Plant protein choices for Scotland - a research and industry partnership

2021-2022 Defra Review of Opportunities for Diversifying UK Agriculture through Investment in Underutilised Crops (SRUC co-lead)

2021 Defra  Scoping Study on the Opportunities and Barriers of Improved Forages for Livestock Sustainability and Productivity (SRUC co-lead)

2018-2022 H2020 Legumes Translated

2019-2022 ERA-NET Increasing productivity and sustainability of European plant protein production by closing the grain legume yield gap

Previous (selected):

2017-2021 H2020 Redesigning European cropping systems based on species MIXtures (ReMix)

2017-2021 ERA-NET Improved estimation and mitigation of nitrous oxide emissions and soil carbon storage from crop residues (ResidueGas)

2018-2020 NERC SARIC SARIC Translation: Grassland Management

2016-2019 BBSRC Newton Fund N-CIRCLE: Virtual Joint centre for Closed-Loop Cycling of Nitrogen in Chinese Agriculture


Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, BSc Agriculture with Hons in Crop Science, University of Aberdeen

Oct 1983Jun 1987

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

PhD, Impact of climate change of livestock production in Scotland, University of Glasgow

Oct 1992May 1999

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999

Master, Biological Computation, University of York

Oct 1987Oct 1988

Award Date: 1 May 1989


Dive into the research topics where Kairsty Topp is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or