Car­bon in earth be­ing mea­sured

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

On a Wa­haroa dairy farm two spe­cial ma­chines aren’t miss­ing a trick.

Twenty times a sec­ond they record the amount of car­bon diox­ide go­ing in and out of the soil and they will keep mea­sur­ing it at the same rate for the next year.

There’s some­thing go­ing on in the dairy farm­ing pas­tures of New Zealand and a team of Univer­sity of Waikato sci­en­tists is de­ter­mined to dis­cover ex­actly what. Lead re­searcher Pro­fes­sor Louis Schip­per, co- re­searcher Dr David Camp­bell, re­search fel­low Dr Su­sanna Rut­ledge and tech­ni­cian Aaron Wall are be­hind the test­ing which is be­ing car­ried out un­der the New Zealand Agri­cul­tural Green­house Gas Re­search Cen­tre and funded through the Pri­mary Growth Part­ner­ship.

In ad­di­tion to mea­sur­ing the amount of car­bon go­ing in and out of the soil, the team must also fac­tor in how much car­bon is go­ing out in other ways, such as milk or feed im­ports.

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