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Title Cover crops to sequester carbon in arable soils
Group Soil Biology
Project type thesis
Credits 24-39
Supervisor(s) Mathilde Hagens and Ellis Hoffland
Examiner(s) prof.dr. Rachel Creamer (soil biology) or Prof. dr. Rob Comans (soil chemistry)
Contact info Ellis.Hoffland@wur.nl; Mathilde.Hagens@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/05/01
End date
Description Soils contain about 50% of the terrestrial C pool in the form of soil organic carbon (SOC). Besides C sequestration, this SOC has multiple functions that are essential to crop production, such as improving water holding capacity of soils, supply of nitrogen, etc. Maintaining, or even increasing SOC levels is therefore a target of both farmers and policy makers. Cover crops, grown outside the growing season, could potentially contribute to increasing SOC levels in arable fields, and are promoted in the context of climate change mitigation. The aim of this thesis is to study if and how cover crops influence SOC stability, through analysis of soil samples from long term field experiments.
Used skills Soil sampling in field experiments, SOC fractionation in the lab
Requirements Preferably SBL-35306 The Carbon Dilemma