Carbon Stored in the Root System and Carbon Returned to the Soil: the Case of Cynara Energy Crop

M.D. Curt, M. Sanz, P.L. Aguado, G. Sánchez & J. Fernández
Energy plant species like Cynara cardunculus L. can contribute to sequester significant amounts of carbon in their belowground biomass and increase the soil carbon content. In this work soil carbon changes are followed up in an experiment designed to simulate the effect of leaving the belowground biomass in the soil after the removal of this energy crop. Moreover the contribution of cynara belowground biomass to carbon storage is studied over two growing seasons in other...