[ASC-media] CARBON CONSCIOUSNESS IN GRDC: GRDC Grain Flash

BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Mar 11 07:24:57 CET 2009


March 11, 2009


CARBON CONSCIOUSNESS IN GRDC: It's an increasingly carbon conscious world
and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is pleased to
have Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) research scientist Dr
Fran Hoyle on the GRDC Western Region Panel, says Panel Chairman and Kojonup
grower, Neil Young.



Dr Hoyle recently presented 'Soil carbon in context for WA soils' at the
2009 WA Agribusiness Crop Updates, organised by DAFWA and supported by GRDC.



According to Dr Hoyle, management practices can't alter the potential carbon
capacity of a soil, only the rate carbon is accumulated or lost in the
system.



"But any practice which minimises carbon loss from soils and increases the
capture of carbon dioxide into plant tissue and the return of plant or other
organic residues to the soil has the potential to increase soil organic
carbon and thereby support soil functions essential to production and
ecosystem services," Dr Hoyle said.

Contact: Dr Fran Hoyle, Mob 0419 260 590

GRDC REF:GrainFlash2Mar11 2009.doc/Paulsen060309



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