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Integrated production systems as a strategy for mitigating greenhouse gases emissions of resilient and sustainable beef production

Grant number: 21/14691-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2022
Effective date (End): June 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal researcher:Adibe Luiz Abdalla
Grantee:Alyce Raiana Monteiro dos Santos
Supervisor abroad: Maguy Eugène
Home Institution: Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Research place: Unité Mixte de Recherche sur les Herbivores, France  
Associated to the scholarship:19/26609-8 - Potential for mitigation of enteric methane in integrated agricultural production systems, BP.DR


The objective of this research internship proposal is to apply multiple modeling approaches to assess the environmental impacts (GHG emissions - CH4, NO2, CO2eq) of beef cattle production in tropical integrated systems to recommend strategies for greenhouse gases mitigation, and to provide subsidies to propose a sustainable and resilient food alternative for beef cattle production; apply circularity indicators to assess the integrated systems performance (efficiency and resilience) and compare the GHG mitigation, efficiency and resilience of tropical integrated systems. For this, we will use as input data forage quality, forage production, animal performance and fermentation parameters from a 3-years experiment performed at Embrapa Agrossilvipastoril, in a randomized complete block design, with four replicates and four forage-based systems: (1) livestock in monoculture; (2) livestock-forestry integration; (3) crop-livestock integration and (4) crop-livestock-forestry integration. We expect that the implementation of a forestry and crop component into a forage-based production system will likely GHG emissions and that integrated systems are potentially more adapted to climate change and thus more resilient than the conventional systems. With the results of this research, we will be able to contribute to advances to the design of new forage-livestock systems, promoting the incentive for the adoption of sustainable and resilient systems that contribute to GHG mitigation and cooperating to Brazilian public policies, such as the Low-Carbon Agriculture Program that has as purpose to organize an action plan for the adoption of sustainable production technologies in response to the country's commitment to reduce GHG emissions in the agricultural sector. (AU)

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