Project properties

Title Nitrous oxide emission from soils amended with crop residues
Group Soil Biology
Project type thesis
Credits 24-39
Supervisor(s) Jordy van ‘t Hull (
Rima Porre (
Jan Willem van Groenigen (
Examiner(s) Rachel Creamer (
Contact info Jordy van ‘t Hull (
Begin date 2024/09/01
End date 2025/03/11
Description One of the measures to sequester carbon in the soil is leaving crop residues on the soil. However, possible trade-offs with enhanced emission of nitrous oxide (N2O) could occur due to addition of nitrogen into the soil. In addition, leaving crop residues on the soil, or incorporating them into the soil can have a different effect on N2O emissions. The goal of the experiment is to determine the effect of leaving several crop residues on the surface, or incorporating into the soil, on N2O emission. A lab experiment will be carried out to measure N2O and CO2 emission for five different crop residues amended with a sand and clay soil. Furthermore, soil mineral N content will be determined at the start and at the end of the experiment. The experiment will last for 1-2 months. We are looking for a MSc thesis student that could start August-September 2024 and is interested in greenhouse gas emissions from soil, carrying out experimental work and data analysis.
Used skills Master thesis student with interest in: Greenhouse gas emission from soil, experimental work and data analysis.