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Webinar: Managing pastoral systems to maintain or increase soil C & reduce N2O emissions

May 27, 2022 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm NZDT

Join the NZAGRC for their upcoming webinar titled “Managing pastoral systems to maintain or increase soil carbon and reduce nitrous oxide emissions”.

Soil organic carbon is originally derived from carbon dioxide inputs through photosynthesis while plant respiration continuously returns captured carbon to the atmosphere. Small changes in the balance of photosynthesis and respiration lead to either gains or losses of soil carbon. Globally, about 20% of the extra carbon dioxide accumulated in the atmosphere has come from the management of agricultural lands. Finding ways to reduce losses or create gains in soil carbon is critical for managing the greenhouse gas burden on the planet.

This webinar focuses on the role that managing pasture swards and forage crops have on soil carbon storage in New Zealand’s pastoral systems. It will also address the greenhouse gas trade-offs associated with land management practices, in particular practices targeting reductions in nitrous oxide emissions and the associated impact on soil carbon.

During the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions using Zoom’s chat function. Louis will use the final 20 minutes of the session to answer as many questions as possible. The Chair will select and ask questions on participants’ behalf.