Reduce Greenhouse Gas in Soil

Reduce Greenhouse Gas in Soil

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Reduce Greenhouse Gas in Soil

Here’s an article about how to reduce greenhouse gas in soil.

Its particularly relevant to Florida as the soils get waterlogged all of the time. When soils have too much moisture, they become anaerobic and allow the production of nitrous oxide, a powerful greenhouse gas.

You’ll notice this when you walk around your yard after its been saturated for a few days. You’ll smell a waste water or decaying smell. This happens when the anaerobic bacteria take over.

“When soil gets saturated with water, the ground can produce nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that depletes the ozone, that layer protects plants and animals on Earth from harmful ultraviolet light.”

A researcher at the university of Florida thinks he may have a solution.

Liu, a UF/IFAS associate professor of horticultural sciences, believes he has laid the groundwork to lower nitrous oxide in agricultural soils. In an experiment on a research farm in Gainesville, Liu used fertilizer and water to successfully lower the chemical compound in the soil.

DR. Liu used fertilizers and water in his experiments. This was successful in reduce Nitrous Oxide in the soil. 

Liu, a UF/IFAS associate professor of horticultural sciences, believes he has laid the groundwork to lower nitrous oxide in agricultural soils. In an experiment on a research farm in Gainesville, Liu used fertilizer and water to successfully lower the chemical compound in the soil.

“Minimizing nitrous oxide emissions is imperative to crop producers and those who raise livestock,” Liu said. “Nitrous oxide is the largest ozone-depleting substance emitted through human activities such as farming and is expected to remain the largest throughout the 21st century. The ozone layer helps protect and shield plants, animals, and people from excessive ultraviolet light from the sun. Damaging the ozone layer allows more ultraviolet light to reach the earth and jeopardizes crops, livestock husbandry and harms our health.”

Here’s a link to the entire post about reducing greenhouse gas in soils. 

https://www.hernandosun.com/article/uf-scientist-finds-way-reduce-greenhouse-gas-soil

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