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Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agroforestry/silvopasture Systems

Location: Plant Science Research

2013 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Assemble a multidisciplinary team of scientists to study the carbon footprint and temporal/spatial dynamics of greenhouse gas emissions from agroforestry systems transitioning to silvopasture on a Coastal Plain site in North Carolina.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Soil organic carbon measurements, as well as greenhouse gas emissions (N2O and CH4), will be investigated in a previously established experiment at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro, NC.

This project will support a collaborative planning effort, as well as initiation of greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon sequestration measurements in a replicated field design with three tree species and two inter-row spacings as primary treatments established in 2007. Soil organic carbon measurements will be conducted by ARS and greenhouse gas emissions and field management will be conducted by NCSU collaborators.


3.Progress Report:

The overall objective of this project was to assemble a multidisciplinary team of scientists to study the carbon footprint and temporal / spatial dynamics of greenhouse gas emissions from agroforestry systems transitioning to silvopasture on a Coastal Plain site in North Carolina. Soil organic carbon measurements, as well as greenhouse gas emissions (N2O and CH4), are being investigated in a previously established experiment at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro NC. This project will support a collaborative planning effort, as well as initiation of greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon sequestration measurements in a replicated field design with three tree species and two inter-row spacings as primary treatments established in 2007. Soil organic carbon measurements are being conducted by ARS and greenhouse gas emissions and field management are being conducted by NCSU collaborators.

Soil samples have been collected and greenhouse gas chambers have been constructed and are being tested for performance. Analyses in the field and laboratory will be conducted by a graduate student under the guidance of the principal investigator.


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