Research aims to turn soil into dollars

28 February 2011

Researchers are exploring ways to store carbon in the soil on 'Coolringdon' a 3,500 hectare working property south of Cooma on the Snowy Mountains Highway and Kosciuszko Road. Sydney University's Senior Research Fellow Dr Lachlan Ingram and Professor John Crawford are looking at the impact that lucerne as well as improved pastures can have on sequestration of atmospheric carbon and on improving soil quality and how to measure it. 'Coolringdon' trustee James Litchfield has called on governments to give high priority to research and development related to soil carbon retention and a practical measurement system for monitoring carbon levels. "It has been stated many times that the obvious option open to agriculture for carbon sequestration is tree planting and regeneration but in comparison to the scale of opportunity in raising carbon retention levels within the soil, the tree option is limited," he said.

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