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Greenhouse gas flux and crop productivity after 10 years of reduced and no tillage in a wheat-maize cropping system.

Tian S, Wang Y, Ning T, Zhao H, Wang B, Li N, Li Z, Chi S - PLoS ONE (2013)

Bottom Line: The objective of this study was to evaluate the emission characteristics of GHG (CH4 and N2O) under four reduced tillage systems from October 2007 to August 2009 based on a 10-yr tillage experiment in the North China Plain, which included no-tillage (NT) and three reduced tillage systems of subsoil tillage (ST), harrow tillage (HT) and rotary tillage (RT), with the conventional tillage (CT) as the control.The soil temperature positive impacted on the CH4 absorption by the soils of different tillage systems, while a significant negative correlation was observed between the absorption and soil moisture.Moreover, they also gained 33.73, 34.63, 32.62, 34.56 and 27.54 t ha(-1) yields during two crop-rotation periods, respectively.

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Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Crop Biology, Shandong Key Laboratory of Crop Biology, National Engineering Laboratory for Efficient Utilization of Soil and Fertilizer Resources, Shandong Agricultural University, Taian, Shandong, China.

ABSTRACT
Appropriate tillage plays an important role in mitigating the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) in regions with higher crop yields, but the emission situations of some reduced tillage systems such as subsoiling, harrow tillage and rotary tillage are not comprehensively studied. The objective of this study was to evaluate the emission characteristics of GHG (CH4 and N2O) under four reduced tillage systems from October 2007 to August 2009 based on a 10-yr tillage experiment in the North China Plain, which included no-tillage (NT) and three reduced tillage systems of subsoil tillage (ST), harrow tillage (HT) and rotary tillage (RT), with the conventional tillage (CT) as the control. The soil under the five tillage systems was an absorption sink for CH4 and an emission source for N2O. The soil temperature positive impacted on the CH4 absorption by the soils of different tillage systems, while a significant negative correlation was observed between the absorption and soil moisture. The main driving factor for increased N2O emission was not the soil temperature but the soil moisture and the content of nitrate. In the two rotation cycle of wheat-maize system (10/2007-10/2008 and 10/2008-10/2009), averaged cumulative uptake fluxes of CH4 under CT, ST, HT, RT and NT systems were approximately 1.67, 1.72, 1.63, 1.77 and 1.17 t ha(-1) year(-1), respectively, and meanwhile, approximately 4.43, 4.38, 4.47, 4.30 and 4.61 t ha(-1) year(-1) of N2O were emitted from soil of these systems, respectively. Moreover, they also gained 33.73, 34.63, 32.62, 34.56 and 27.54 t ha(-1) yields during two crop-rotation periods, respectively. Based on these comparisons, the rotary tillage and subsoiling mitigated the emissions of CH4 and N2O as well as improving crop productivity of a wheat-maize cropping system.

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The seasonal variations of the soil temperature at a depth of 5 cm (a), soil moisture at 0–20 cm (b), and soil NO3–N content at 0–20 cm (c) under the different tillage systems.The data are means ± SD (n = 3).
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pone-0073450-g005: The seasonal variations of the soil temperature at a depth of 5 cm (a), soil moisture at 0–20 cm (b), and soil NO3–N content at 0–20 cm (c) under the different tillage systems.The data are means ± SD (n = 3).

Mentions: A significant difference of the soil temperature at 5 cm depth was measured in the different periods. The changes under the different tillage systems were related to the atmospheric temperature (Figure 5a). The averaged soil temperature in all of the periods under RT was higher than under the other tillage methods. The soil moisture of the 0–20 cm layer varied among the different treatments and was related to precipitation or irrigation (Figure 5b). The averaged moisture level of the 0–20 cm layer was highest in the NT treatment. Similarly, higher nitrate contents were measured under the HT, NT, RT and ST treatments (Figure 5c); the levels in the NT, RT and ST treatments were higher than in the CT treatment by 4.21%, 2.42% and 1.40%, respectively.


Greenhouse gas flux and crop productivity after 10 years of reduced and no tillage in a wheat-maize cropping system.

Tian S, Wang Y, Ning T, Zhao H, Wang B, Li N, Li Z, Chi S - PLoS ONE (2013)

The seasonal variations of the soil temperature at a depth of 5 cm (a), soil moisture at 0–20 cm (b), and soil NO3–N content at 0–20 cm (c) under the different tillage systems.The data are means ± SD (n = 3).
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pone-0073450-g005: The seasonal variations of the soil temperature at a depth of 5 cm (a), soil moisture at 0–20 cm (b), and soil NO3–N content at 0–20 cm (c) under the different tillage systems.The data are means ± SD (n = 3).
Mentions: A significant difference of the soil temperature at 5 cm depth was measured in the different periods. The changes under the different tillage systems were related to the atmospheric temperature (Figure 5a). The averaged soil temperature in all of the periods under RT was higher than under the other tillage methods. The soil moisture of the 0–20 cm layer varied among the different treatments and was related to precipitation or irrigation (Figure 5b). The averaged moisture level of the 0–20 cm layer was highest in the NT treatment. Similarly, higher nitrate contents were measured under the HT, NT, RT and ST treatments (Figure 5c); the levels in the NT, RT and ST treatments were higher than in the CT treatment by 4.21%, 2.42% and 1.40%, respectively.

Bottom Line: The objective of this study was to evaluate the emission characteristics of GHG (CH4 and N2O) under four reduced tillage systems from October 2007 to August 2009 based on a 10-yr tillage experiment in the North China Plain, which included no-tillage (NT) and three reduced tillage systems of subsoil tillage (ST), harrow tillage (HT) and rotary tillage (RT), with the conventional tillage (CT) as the control.The soil temperature positive impacted on the CH4 absorption by the soils of different tillage systems, while a significant negative correlation was observed between the absorption and soil moisture.Moreover, they also gained 33.73, 34.63, 32.62, 34.56 and 27.54 t ha(-1) yields during two crop-rotation periods, respectively.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Crop Biology, Shandong Key Laboratory of Crop Biology, National Engineering Laboratory for Efficient Utilization of Soil and Fertilizer Resources, Shandong Agricultural University, Taian, Shandong, China.

ABSTRACT
Appropriate tillage plays an important role in mitigating the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) in regions with higher crop yields, but the emission situations of some reduced tillage systems such as subsoiling, harrow tillage and rotary tillage are not comprehensively studied. The objective of this study was to evaluate the emission characteristics of GHG (CH4 and N2O) under four reduced tillage systems from October 2007 to August 2009 based on a 10-yr tillage experiment in the North China Plain, which included no-tillage (NT) and three reduced tillage systems of subsoil tillage (ST), harrow tillage (HT) and rotary tillage (RT), with the conventional tillage (CT) as the control. The soil under the five tillage systems was an absorption sink for CH4 and an emission source for N2O. The soil temperature positive impacted on the CH4 absorption by the soils of different tillage systems, while a significant negative correlation was observed between the absorption and soil moisture. The main driving factor for increased N2O emission was not the soil temperature but the soil moisture and the content of nitrate. In the two rotation cycle of wheat-maize system (10/2007-10/2008 and 10/2008-10/2009), averaged cumulative uptake fluxes of CH4 under CT, ST, HT, RT and NT systems were approximately 1.67, 1.72, 1.63, 1.77 and 1.17 t ha(-1) year(-1), respectively, and meanwhile, approximately 4.43, 4.38, 4.47, 4.30 and 4.61 t ha(-1) year(-1) of N2O were emitted from soil of these systems, respectively. Moreover, they also gained 33.73, 34.63, 32.62, 34.56 and 27.54 t ha(-1) yields during two crop-rotation periods, respectively. Based on these comparisons, the rotary tillage and subsoiling mitigated the emissions of CH4 and N2O as well as improving crop productivity of a wheat-maize cropping system.

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