Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number NF0418
Title Bioenergy crops and carbon sequestration in soils - a review
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Other bio-energy) 98%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(CO2 Capture and Storage, CO2 capture/separation) 2%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 90%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
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Cranfield University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source DEFRA
Start Date 01 February 2001
End Date 30 June 2001
Duration 5 months
Total Grant Value £12,545
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region East of England
Programme DEFRA Bioenergy
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cranfield University (100.000%)
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Objectives 1. Perform an extensive review of available literature on soil carbon sequestration for both SRC willow and Miscanthus, and evaluate ongoing research approaches. 2. Critically review the potential for established process-based soil carbon models to predict soil carbon sequestration under bioenergy crops. 3. Evaluate the relative contributions from the fossil fuel replacement and soil carbon sequestration components of carbon mitigation from the time of bioenergy crop plantation establishment through successive harvests. 4. Identify future research priorities.
Abstract In order to meet the U.K.'s commitment to reduced net CO2 emissions, short rotation coppice willow and miscanthus have been proposed as a renewable bioenergy fuel source, and as a means of sequestering carbon in soils. However, there are considerable uncertainties regarding the potential for bioenergy crops to enhance soil carbon storage. We propose to review national and international experimental research on bioenergy crops in order to evaluate their potential as a means of enhancing soil carbon sequestration in the U.K. In addition, we will examine established process-based soil carbon models to determine their appropriateness for adaptation to predicting soil carbon sequestration under bioenergy crops. The results from this research will assist MAFF in developing policy on potential carbon mitigation using bioenergy crop plantations.
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