Carbon sequestration in grassland soils after ten years of different management practices

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    Main research question/goal
    Which management practices for grasslands show the highest carbon sequestration potential? Converting arable land to grassland soils is considered to be a good strategy for carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation. The research focuses on grassland types and grassland management practices in relation to carbon storage in the soil.

    Research approach
    ILVO started a field trial in 2001 for a PhD research project  financed by the DWTC project ‘Carbon sequestration potential in different Belgian terrestrial ecosystems: quantification and strategic exploration’. The factors investigated are 1) grassland type (agricultural vs verges), nitrogen fertilization level (mineral), mowing frequency and either removal or not of the hay. The soil of the field trial is sampled intensively in 2011 for measuring carbon sequestration. Carbon stability is also measured.

    The research results aim to advise the sector what best management practices to apply for grassland and verge soils to obtain the highest carbon sequestration potential. Adjusted management can help to mitigate climate change.
    Effective start/end date1/04/0131/12/12