Paper: “A Lifecycle Model to Evaluate Carbon Sequestration Potential and Greenhouse Gas Dynamics of Managed Grasslands,” Ecosystems 16 (2013): 962–979

Research Team:: Marcia S. DeLonge, Rebecca Ryals and Whendee L. Silver (Ecosystem Science Division, Department of Environment Science, Policy, and Management, University of California at Berkeley)

Findings: Composted manure and plant waste produced fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the application of either manure or inorganic nitrogen fertilizer across a broad range of environmental and management conditions. Composting upstream feedstocks like manure and green waste instead of traditional waste management practices results in significant greenhouse gas emissions savings in addition to the sequestration benefits associated with application.

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