Soil Carbon update March 2019

Here is a snapshot of what has been happening recently in soil carbon in Australia and around the world:

  • Microbial aromas might save crops from drought: an overview of research on how soil microbes living near plant roots use volatiles to exchange information in the ‘rhizosphere’ or root space
  • Pasture diversity is a winner over monocultures: a snapshot of New Zealand farmers who are using pasture diversity to improve productivity outputs and increase soil carbon
  • Soil becomes fertile ground for climate action: the role of soil as a giant ‘machine to suck out carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and a snap shot of who’s who in the US soils space
  • Emerging land use practices rapidly increase soil organic matter: conversion of cropland to intensively grazed pasture showed an increase of 8 tonnes of carbon per year over three years, accompanied by increases in waster holding capacity and cation exchange capacity
  • Global meta-analysis of the relationship between soil organic matter and crop yields: a study examining the benefits of increasing soil carbon in global wheat and maize production steps, including yield and fertiliser use reduction
  • New routes to decarbonise land use with Natural Infrastructure Schemes: the case for using a funding mechanism to lever private money for positive environmental land management, including facilitating uptake of soil carbon practices

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