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Soil organic matter in land use change areas under sugarcane cultivation in south central region of Brazil

Grant number: 14/08632-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2014
Effective date (End): July 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Soil Science
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Carlos Eduardo Pellegrino Cerri
Grantee:Dener Márcio da Silva Oliveira
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/14122-6 - Estimating soil carbon changes regarding sugarcane expansion into pastures in Brazil, BE.EP.DR


The expansion of sugarcane to grassland areas creates questions about the environmental sustainability of ethanol. The land use change native vegetation - pasture - sugarcane can result in negative impacts on soil. In this regard, soil organic matter (SOM) is presented as a sensitive indicator of these changes. Thus, this project aims to assess the impacts of land use change in the quantity and quality of SOM in chronosequences of native vegetation - pasture - sugarcane in the South Central region of Brazil. The research will be developed in three locations: Jataí - GO, Valparaiso - SP and Ipaussu - SP. In these places, the soil will be sampled in nine points for each use, up to 1 m deep. Carbon stocks (C) and nitrogen (N) will be quantified as well as the source of C in the soil and in different size fractions of SOM, by physical fractionation and 13C isotope technique. Structural changes in the MOS will assess by 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF). The labile carbon (CL) and CMI will also be determined. Moreover, simulations will be made in stocks of C and N in different land uses, through mathematical modeling. At the end, the data will be integrated by means of multivariate statistics (principal component analysis). It is expected that the results generated in this study may contribute to the assessment of environmental sustainability in areas of expansion of cane sugar in the South Central region of Brazil. (AU)

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Scientific publications (7)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DA SILVA OLIVEIRA, DENER MARCIO; SCHELLEKENS, JUDITH; PELLEGRINO CERRI, CARLOS EDUARDO. Molecular characterization of soil organic matter from native vegetation-pasture-sugarcane transitions in Brazil. Science of The Total Environment, v. 548, p. 450-462, . (13/03953-9, 15/14122-6, 14/08632-9)
PIMENTEL, LAISA G.; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; OLIVEIRA, DENER M. S.; CERRI, CARLOS E. P.; CERRI, CARLOS C.. Decomposition of sugarcane straw: Basis for management decisions for bioenergy production. BIOMASS & BIOENERGY, v. 122, p. 133-144, . (14/08632-9, 15/00308-0)
CHERUBIN, MAURICIO ROBERTO; DA SILVA OLIVEIRA, DENER MARCIO; FEIGL, BRIGITTE JOSEFINE; PIMENTEL, LAISA GOUVEIA; LISBOA, IZAIAS PINHEIRO; GMACH, MARIA REGINA; VARANDA, LETICIA LEAL; MORAIS, MARISTELA CALVENTE; SATIRO, LUCAS SANTOS; POPIN, GUSTAVO VICENTINI; et al. Crop residue harvest for bioenergy production and its implications on soil functioning and plant growth: A review. Scientia Agricola, v. 75, n. 3, p. 255-272, . (15/00308-0, 15/14122-6, 16/08214-8, 14/08632-9)
OLIVEIRA, DENER M. S.; WILLIAMS, STEPHEN; CERRI, CARLOS E. P.; PAUSTIAN, KEITH. Predicting soil C changes over sugarcane expansion in Brazil using the DayCent model. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, v. 9, n. 9, p. 1436-1446, . (15/14122-6, 14/08632-9)
DA SILVA OLIVEIRA, DENER MARCIO; PAUSTIAN, KEITH; COTRUFO, MARIA FRANCESCA; FIALLOS, AMANDA ROCHA; CERQUEIRA, ANDRESSA GONCALVES; PELLEGRINO CERRI, CARLOS EDUARDO. Assessing labile organic carbon in soils undergoing land use change in Brazil: A comparison of approaches. ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS, v. 72, p. 411-419, . (14/08632-9, 15/14122-6)
DA SILVA OLIVEIRA, DENER MARCIO; PAUSTIAN, KEITH; DAVIES, CHRISTIAN ANDREW; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO ROBERTO; FRANCO, ANDRE LUIZ CUSTODIO; CERRI, CARLOS CLEMENTE; PELLEGRINO CERRI, CARLOS EDUARDO. Soil carbon changes in areas undergoing expansion of sugarcane into pastures in south-central Brazil. AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, v. 228, p. 38-48, . (15/14122-6, 14/08632-9, 13/17581-6, 14/16612-8)
OLIVEIRA, DENER M. S.; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; FRANCO, ANDRE L. C.; SANTOS, AUGUSTO S.; GELAIN, JAQUELINI G.; DIAS, NAISSA M. S.; DINIZ, TATIANA R.; ALMEIDA, ALEXANDRE N.; FEIGL, BRIGITTE J.; DAVIES, CHRISTIAN A.; et al. Is the expansion of sugarcane over pasturelands a sustainable strategy for Brazil's bioenergy industry?. RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS, v. 102, p. 346-355, . (15/14122-6, 13/17581-6, 14/08632-9, 14/16612-8, 18/09845-7)
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
OLIVEIRA, Dener Márcio da Silva. Soil organic matter dynamics in pasture-sugarcane land use conversions in south-central Brazil. 2017. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALA/BC) Piracicaba.

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