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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: CARBON STORAGE IN TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS: THE ROLE OF SOIL MICROORGANISMS, CONTINUING RESEARCH Project Number: 5348-11000-006-05
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Oct 01, 2009
End Date: Sep 30, 2013

Objective:
Continue investigation of the manipulation of terrestrial ecosystems which can offset human induced carbon emissions to the atmosphere for the next 40 years by sequestering additional amounts of carbon in soils and vegetation.

Approach:
Develop field experimental protocol to evaluate the spatial variability of C storage in soils under different regimes. Develop protocol for chemical fractionation of soil carbon pools that will delineate the effects of climate on carbon storage. Develop predictive interpretation methodology for describing carbon compartmentalization as a function of changing climate. Develop N-15 pool dilution technique to quantify nitrogen pools and processes in soils under different climatic regimes and the effect on C storage.

Last Modified: 10/26/2014
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