Time controlled Grazing for Soil C sequestration and improved ecosystem services

Project dates: 05/01/2021 - Ongoing

Increasing soil carbon promotes sustainable production, resilience to climate variability and is a tradeable asset on the global carbon market. This project tests the efficacy of time-controlled grazing in building soil carbon and includes an assessment of the type of carbon that is accumulated (stable versus labile carbon). The project will also assess a range of potential co-benefits associated with a change in grazing management, for example, biodiversity and water use efficiency improvements. The project will use a combination of eddy covariance flux towers, destructive soil sampling, remote sensing and modelling to detect and quantify changes in soil carbon over time. Biodiversity will be assessed using bioacoustics and will be developed in collaboration with QUT’s Ecoacoustics Research Group.

Funding / Grants

  • Meat and Livestock Australia, McDonalds, Turosi, WWF, Rabobank (2021 - 2024)

Chief Investigators