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Pol-van Dasselaar, A. van den, A. Chabbi, C.M.D.S. Cordovil, A. De Vliegher, M. Die Dean, N. Hennessy, N. Hutchings, K. Klumpp, P. Koncz, B. Kramberger, J.P. Newell Price, A. Poilane, R. Richmond, P.F. Rocha Correa, H. Schaak, M. Schönhart, M.T. Sebastià, P. Svoboda, R.F.M. Teixeira, N.J.M. van Eekeren and C.H. van Rijn. 2018. Grazing for carbon. p. 682-684. In: EGF 2018: Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands. Grassland Science in Europe. Cork, Ireland. 17-21 June 2018.

Number of pages: 3

Type of document: Conference Proceedings

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Nick J.M. van Eekeren Ph.D.


Language of document: English

Title in English: Grazing for carbon

Abstract / summary in English:

The potential of grasslands as a carbon (C) sink in Europe is large despite the number of uncertainties related to the effect of grazing systems on C sequestration. The EIP-AGRI Focus Group (FG) ‘Grazing for Carbon’, a temporary group of 20 selected European experts from research and practice, shared knowledge and experience from different disciplines on the relationship between grazing and soil C. The FG explored grazing management strategies, drivers and barriers for different grazing systems, as well as tools and business models to support them successfully. The overall aim was to identify how to increase the soil C content in grazing systems. Six priorities were addressed: the effects and trade-offs associated with approaches to sequestering C in different grazing systems, the effect of grazing on C and soil nutrients, the role of plant mixtures and native species, general guidelines for optimal grazing, effective monitoring of soil C as a tool for soil quality evaluation and incentives to promote the adoption of grazing systems to optimise soil C content.


Keywords in English: carbon, focus group, grasslands, grazing, management, sequestration
Grazing for carbon