Articles | Volume 13, issue 17
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4975-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4975-2016
Research article
 | 
09 Sep 2016
Research article |  | 09 Sep 2016

Long-term nutrient fertilization and the carbon balance of permanent grassland: any evidence for sustainable intensification?

Dario A. Fornara, Elizabeth-Anne Wasson, Peter Christie, and Catherine J. Watson

Viewed

Total article views: 2,660 (including HTML, PDF, and XML)
HTML PDF XML Total Supplement BibTeX EndNote
1,408 1,126 126 2,660 409 88 96
  • HTML: 1,408
  • PDF: 1,126
  • XML: 126
  • Total: 2,660
  • Supplement: 409
  • BibTeX: 88
  • EndNote: 96
Views and downloads (calculated since 03 Jun 2016)
Cumulative views and downloads (calculated since 03 Jun 2016)

Cited

Latest update: 12 Jun 2024
Download
Short summary
This study demonstrates that intensively managed agricultural grasslands can sequester significant amounts of carbon in soils, especially under long-term applications of cattle slurries. There is also evidence that soil carbon sequestration can contribute to offset between 9 % and 25 % of total greenhouse gas emissions associated with the management of permanent grassland. However, to make livestock-based grassland systems more sustainable, further carbon-gain efficiencies are required.
Altmetrics
Final-revised paper
Preprint