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Aim: Develop strategies that result in maximum levels of soil carbon
What does success look like?
Proven strategies to increase soil carbon stocks
How will we get there?
What input is needed?
Science is needed to identify soil properties and management practices that most affect soil carbon stabilisation.
Commercial input it needed to promote proven strategies via industry and to ensure management practices are included in a soil carbon accounting framework.
What's the timeline?
Lead research partners
"MANAGEMENT PRACTICE IMPACTS ON SOIL CARBON: On-going field trials measuring a range of factors related to carbon measurements have shown that:
"MORE POTENTIAL THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT FOR INCREASING NZ SOIL CARBON STOCKS: During the past year soil sampling, measurement and statistical analyses have improved a soil carbon stabilisation model.
We have confirmed that allophane-rich and non-allophanic soils behave differently with allophane rich (and gley) soils having the potential to store 25% more carbon than non-allophanic soils. We are using this finding to obtain improved estimates of how much more carbon NZ’s pastoral soils can potentially store."