Carbon sequestration has been suggested as a means to help mitigate the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. Silvipastoral systems can better sequester carbon in soil and biomass and help to improve the soil conditions. In the present investigation, the carbon sequestration was quantified both in the biomass and soil in two pasture (Cenchrus ciliaris and Cenchrus setegerus), two tree (Acacia tortilis and Azadirachta indica) and four silvipastoral systems involving the combination of each in arid North West India. The silvipastoral systems sequestered 36.3 to 60.0% more total soil organic carbon stock compared to the tree system and 27.1 to 70.8% more in comparison to the pasture system. The soil organic carbon and net carbon sequestered were greater in the silvipastoral system. Thus silvipastoral system involving trees and grasses can help in better sequestration of atmospheric system compared with systems containing only trees and pasture.
- Arid soils,
- carbon sequestration,
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