It is well known that agriculture greatly contributes to emission of greenhouse gases. In agricultural production, plant nurseries represent a particular kind of activity, often blamed to be highly demanding in terms of resources (i.e., water, fertilizers, pesticides, substrates, etc.), structures (i.e., greenhouses, plastic storage house and buildings, plastic ground cover, etc.), and technology (i.e., tractors, trailers, root ball machines, self-propelled platforms, planting machines, etc.). These high demands can be considered as a negative factor for C02 (and other greenhouse gas) emissions in the atmosphere. However, plant nurseries play an undoubtedly positive role in C fixation, due to the growth of woody plants produced, which sequester and store carbon in their tissues, acting as a sink for C02, though such beneficial effects can be influenced by the type of production method. Therefore a research program was started in order to determine the carbon balance in plant production, evaluating both the C02 fixation potential of hardy nursery stock plants and the C02 emissions connected with the different practices of the production process. The research started in 2009 and was carried out in Pistoia (Italy), one of the biggest nursery production areas of UE, specialized in outdoor ornamental woody plants. Due to the complexity of the Pistoia plant production district, different scenarios were considered, taking into account container production as well as field-grown production techniques. The first results indicate a great difference in C02 emissions between container and field grown production process, with the latter characterized by a less intensive cultivation and, consequently, reduced C02 emissions. Perspectives of different strategies to improve C02 balance in plant nursery practices are assessed.

CO2 sources and sink in ornamental plant nurseries / Nicese, F.P.; Lazzerini, G.. - STAMPA. - 990:(2013), pp. 91-98. ((Intervento presentato al convegno II INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WOODY ORNAMENTALS OF THE TEMPERATE ZONE tenutosi a Ghent, BELGIUM nel JUL 01-04, 2012.

CO2 sources and sink in ornamental plant nurseries

NICESE, FRANCESCO PAOLO;LAZZERINI, GIULIO
2013

Abstract

It is well known that agriculture greatly contributes to emission of greenhouse gases. In agricultural production, plant nurseries represent a particular kind of activity, often blamed to be highly demanding in terms of resources (i.e., water, fertilizers, pesticides, substrates, etc.), structures (i.e., greenhouses, plastic storage house and buildings, plastic ground cover, etc.), and technology (i.e., tractors, trailers, root ball machines, self-propelled platforms, planting machines, etc.). These high demands can be considered as a negative factor for C02 (and other greenhouse gas) emissions in the atmosphere. However, plant nurseries play an undoubtedly positive role in C fixation, due to the growth of woody plants produced, which sequester and store carbon in their tissues, acting as a sink for C02, though such beneficial effects can be influenced by the type of production method. Therefore a research program was started in order to determine the carbon balance in plant production, evaluating both the C02 fixation potential of hardy nursery stock plants and the C02 emissions connected with the different practices of the production process. The research started in 2009 and was carried out in Pistoia (Italy), one of the biggest nursery production areas of UE, specialized in outdoor ornamental woody plants. Due to the complexity of the Pistoia plant production district, different scenarios were considered, taking into account container production as well as field-grown production techniques. The first results indicate a great difference in C02 emissions between container and field grown production process, with the latter characterized by a less intensive cultivation and, consequently, reduced C02 emissions. Perspectives of different strategies to improve C02 balance in plant nursery practices are assessed.
II INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WOODY ORNAMENTALS OF THE TEMPERATE ZONE
II INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WOODY ORNAMENTALS OF THE TEMPERATE ZONE
Ghent, BELGIUM
JUL 01-04, 2012
Nicese, F.P.; Lazzerini, G.
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