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Sequestration of Atmospheric Carbon through Forage Crops Cultivated in Ramayanpatti, Tirunelveli District, Tamilnadu, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Livestock Production and Management, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-600007, Tamilnadu, INDIA
  • 2Department of Livestock Production and Management, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-600007, Tamilnadu, INDIA
  • 3Department of Livestock Production and Management, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-600007, Tamilnadu, INDIA
  • 4College of Food and Dairy Technology, Koduvalli, Chennai-600051, Tamilnadu, INDIA
  • 5Department of Agronomy, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-600007, Tamilnadu, INDIA
  • 61Department of Livestock Production and Management, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-600007, Tamilnadu, INDIA

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 1, Issue (3), Pages 11-14, April,8 (2013)

Abstract

The present study was conducted to evaluate the potential of altering farming soil use and storage management of organic carbon in soil. Four types of forage crops; fodder maize and fodder cowpea of annual, hedge lucerne and hybrid Napier of perennial were cultivated in Ramayanpatti (Tirunelveli district, Tamilnadu, India). The experiments were conducted in triplicates, the data showed a significance of P0.05 for carbon sequestered by hedge lucerne. The rate of carbon sequestered by hedge lucerne was lower when compared with hybrid Napier, followed by fodder maize and cowpea, in addition with farm yard manure and fertilizers. Agricultural soils and land studied in the present research has the impending nature to restore carbon and hedge lucerne and Hybrid napier crops could be effectively used to enhance and store carbon in the study area. From the present study hedge lucerne promises to be a potential fodder for carbon sequestration in agricultural ecosystems.

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