Carbon soil mapping project aims to help beef producers trap carbon, fight climate change


Hamdi Issawi, Edmonton Journal (Canada)

Jun 20, 2022


While belching cattle contributes to climate change, the grasslands underhoof can help keep greenhouse gas in the ground, so Prairie scientists are digging into the dirt to learn just how much carbon it can hold.


Cameron Carlyle, an associate professor in the University of Alberta’s department of agriculture, food and nutritional science, is one of the lead researchers in a project that aims to map and quantify the carbon in Saskatchewan’s perennial grasslands.


It also plans to identify the best land management practices to help keep carbon in the soil, Carlyle said.


“Our grassland soils hold large amounts of carbon, and by increasing the amount of carbon that’s held in those soils, we can help to mitigate the effects of climate change,” he added.


While they’re alive, plants capture atmospheric carbon dioxide and transfer organic carbon molecules to the soil through their roots and when the leaves die, he explained...