Soil carbon sequestration in dryland agriculture

Muhammad Shakeel Arshad, Muhammad Sanaullah, Muhammad Farooq

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Drylands are the part of terrestrial ecosystem characterized by low water and spans over an area of about 6.15 billion hectares. About 57-65 % of this area is desertified or prone to desertification. In spite of low soil organic carbon (SOC), the total SOC stock in dryland soils is 241 Pg (1 Pg = petagram =1015 g) which is 15.5 % of the global SOC pool (1550 Pg). Significant C losses (~20-30 Pg) occur due to low C input as a result of desertification. About two third of this loss can be sequestered through better management practices in the period of next 50 years. In this chapter, our major focus is to discuss the biophysical aspects of soil C sequestration and their impact on global climate change and food security in dryland areas. Management and other land use practices for SOC sequestration to combat land degradation in drylands, such as afforestation using suitable species, management of pasture on grazing lands, management of cultivated lands, and restorative land use to reestablish the degraded soils and the ecosystems. In drylands, tree species suited for afforestation are Acacia, Mesquite and Neem etc. Grazing management practices such as controlled grazing at an optimal carrying capacity, fire management, and the cultivation of improved species. Suitable practices for soil management are application of biosolids (manure, sludge) to improve the macrofauna (termites) of the soil, water harvesting, use of vegetative mulches, and wise irrigation structures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovations in dryland agriculture
EditorsMuhammad Farooq, Kadambot H.M. Siddique
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages469-490
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319479286
ISBN (Print)9783319479279
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2017

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Carbon Sequestration
dryland farming
Agriculture
soil carbon
arid lands
carbon sequestration
Soil
soil organic carbon
agriculture
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Carbon
desertification
Organic carbon
afforestation
organic carbon
soil
carbon sinks
Practice Management
Conservation of Natural Resources
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Arshad, M. S., Sanaullah, M., & Farooq, M. (2017). Soil carbon sequestration in dryland agriculture. In M. Farooq, & K. H. M. Siddique (Eds.), Innovations in dryland agriculture (pp. 469-490). Cham: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47928-6_17
Arshad, Muhammad Shakeel ; Sanaullah, Muhammad ; Farooq, Muhammad. / Soil carbon sequestration in dryland agriculture. Innovations in dryland agriculture. editor / Muhammad Farooq ; Kadambot H.M. Siddique. Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2017. pp. 469-490
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Arshad, MS, Sanaullah, M & Farooq, M 2017, Soil carbon sequestration in dryland agriculture. in M Farooq & KHM Siddique (eds), Innovations in dryland agriculture. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 469-490. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47928-6_17

Soil carbon sequestration in dryland agriculture. / Arshad, Muhammad Shakeel; Sanaullah, Muhammad; Farooq, Muhammad.

Innovations in dryland agriculture. ed. / Muhammad Farooq; Kadambot H.M. Siddique. Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2017. p. 469-490.

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Arshad MS, Sanaullah M, Farooq M. Soil carbon sequestration in dryland agriculture. In Farooq M, Siddique KHM, editors, Innovations in dryland agriculture. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 2017. p. 469-490 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47928-6_17