Understanding processes determining soil carbon balance under perennial bioenergy crops.

Carbo-BioCrop aims to improve understanding of how second generation bioenergy crops such as short rotation coppice (SRC) and Miscanthus will influence the UK greenhouse gas balance. Currently a significant knowledge gap exists in this understanding.

The UK is committed to an 80 % reduction of 1990 CO2 emissions by 2050 (1) and such dedicated second generation bioenergy crops will contribute to the UK’s renewable energy generation (2) with a resulting change in land-use (3-5). Carbo-BioCrop will provide information to quantify how the land-use change to SRC or Miscanthus will influence soil carbon emissions. This will provide key data to under-pin the production of ‘carbon opportunity maps’ for the UK and identify the GHG balance when land identified as optimal for conversion is converted to SRC or Miscanthus. The contribution of soil augmentation with biochar to soil carbon processes will also be investigated as a potential CO2 sequestration strategy for the UK landscape.

The project is coordinated at The University of Southampton. For further details please contact the project coorodinator:

Professor Gail Taylor
Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences Building
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Tel: +44 (0)2380592335,
Fax: +44 (0) 2380594459

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