Location: Soil Dynamics Research
Project Number: 6010-11120-009-017-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Aug 14, 2017
End Date: Aug 13, 2022
Objectives include: (1) determine what carbon sequestration potentials exist within nursery systems; (2) develop strategies for increasing carbon (C) sequestration above current levels; 3) measure greenhouse gas emissions from nursery production systems; and (4) develop practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from nursery production systems.
Measurement of potential carbon (C) sequestration will be accomplished by making soil and gas sampling measurements in alternative substrate studies. Auburn University Horticulture Department has an ongoing effort to develop alternative substrates for horticultural production. Within this study, C sequestration levels will be monitored and compared to soil conditions which have not been disturbed by planting. In a second set of studies, management practices used in the nursery industry will be examined for greenhouse gas emissions and the best practices for reducing emissions will be determined.