Soil organic carbon storage in agricultural grasslands of Nova Scotia

Soil organic carbon storage in agricultural grasslands of Nova Scotia
Dr. Thomas Bouman

How carbon-neutral is the milk you drink and the beef you eat? There are many aspects to this question but soils are the starting point of any farm operation. In fact, soils constitute major carbon sinks in the global matter balance of terrestrial ecosystems while annual carbon turnover rates are small relative to the size of soil carbon stocks. Low relative turnover rates pose a challenge to assessing the effects of deforestation for beef and dairy production on soil organic carbon in temperate forest biomes. The talk will discuss the methodology for determining soil organic matter stocks and how these change over time in an organic pasture and across two landscapes in Nova Scotia.

March 8, 1-2pm
CS 101