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Implications of expansion and management intensification on soil ecosystem services

Grant number: 18/09845-7
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: September 01, 2018 - August 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy
Principal Investigator:Maurício Roberto Cherubin
Grantee:Maurício Roberto Cherubin
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Carlos Eduardo Pellegrino Cerri ; João Luís Nunes Carvalho ; Luiz Antonio Martinelli ; Moacir Tuzzin de Moraes ; Paulo Sergio Pavinato ; Ricardo de Oliveira Bordonal ; Tsai Siu Mui
Associated scholarship(s):19/15741-2 - Quantification and monitoring sugarcane biomass production in cultivation intensification scenarios, BP.TT

Abstract

Soil is natural capital that performs multiple functions and provides essential ecosystem services to people. Therefore, to assess the effects of agriculture expansion and intensification on "Soil Ecosystem Services" (i.e., flux of benefits people obtain from soil) is an emergent, strategic and priority research topic towards sustainable development in the next decades. In Brazil, it is a novel topic, thus, there is a large avenue of research opportunities to be explored. The objective of this project is to assess the impact of expansion and management intensification of sugarcane on provision of multiples soil ecosystem service. The sugarcane production system will be used as a "study case" due to its social, economic and environmental relevance to Brazil coupled to the team's experience with this crop. Two main sugarcane scenarios will be assessed: i) land-use change to sugarcane expansion; ii) management change through sugarcane straw removal to bioenergy production. Initially, study fields that representing these scenarios, in central-southern Brazil, will be identified and selected with the support of the team' members and collaborators. Then, different approaches (statistical, minimum dataset, expert opinion etc) will be applied to define a suitable indicator dataset associated with each soil ecosystem service. Secondary data will be used to perform these analyses. Afterwards, field campaigns will be conducted to collect primary data of soil and plant. The next step is the most challenging, and aim to develop a soil ecosystem service assessment framework. This framework will link properties (measured) to soil functions and then to the services delivered by soil. These relationships will be assessed within different complexity levels using methods, specific frameworks, indexes and models. The combined use of these tools allows evaluating from specific soil property/function changes to integrated (holistic) assessment that reach wider audiences. We expect the results help to understand better the effects of sugarcane expansion /intensification on soil ecosystem services, and consequently, to guide more sustainable use and management that being aligned with global challenges, such as energy security, climate changes and human well-being. It is worth mentioning that the approach and framework developed through sugarcane case study can be later applied to other key agricultural production systems to national sustainable development. Finally, the implementation of this project will be strategic to consolidate a new research line in the institution, allowing us to nucleate professors, researchers and students interested in this topic. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the research grant
Study highlights the importance of managing the use of sugarcane straw to generate bioenergy 
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Scientific publications (6)
(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)
BARBOSA, LEANDRO CARNEIRO; GRAZIANO MAGALHAES, PAULO SERGIO; BORDONAL, RICARDO OLIVEIRA; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO ROBERTO; FERREIRA CASTIONI, GUILHERME ADALBERTO; TENELLI, SARAH; JUNQUEIRA FRANCO, HENRIQUE COUTINHO; NUNES CARVALHO, JOAO LUIS. Soil physical quality associated with tillage practices during sugarcane planting in south-central Brazil. SOIL & TILLAGE RESEARCH, v. 195, DEC 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SOLTANGHEISI, AMIN; WITHERS, PAUL J. A.; PAVINATO, PAULO SERGIO; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO ROBERTO; ROSSETTO, RAFFAELLA; DO CARMO, JANAINA BRAGA; DA ROCHA, GUSTAVO CASONI; MARTINELLI, LUIZ ANTONIO. Improving phosphorus sustainability of sugarcane production in Brazil. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, v. 11, n. 12, p. 1444-1455, DEC 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
GMACH, M. R.; SCARPARE, V, F.; CHERUBIN, M. R.; LISBOA, I. P.; BELARMINO DOS SANTOS, A. K.; PELLEGRINO CERRI, C. E.; CERRI, C. C. Sugarcane straw removal effects on soil water storage and drainage in southeastern Brazil. JOURNAL OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION, v. 74, n. 5, p. 466-476, SEP-OCT 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
LISBOA, IZAIAS P.; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; DE LIMA, RENATO P.; GMACH, MARIA R.; WIENHOLD, BRIAN J.; SCHMER, MARTY R.; JIN, VIRGINIA L.; JUNIOR, ELIZIO F. F.; GUERRA, HENRIQUE P.; CERRI, CARLOS C.; CERRI, CARLOS E. P. Sugarcane Straw Blanket Management Effects on Plant Growth, Development, and Yield in Southeastern Brazil. CROP SCIENCE, v. 59, n. 4, p. 1732-1744, JUL-AUG 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
LISBOA, IZAIAS P.; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; SATIRO, LUCAS S.; SIQUEIRA-NETO, MARCOS; LIMA, RENATO P.; GMACH, MARIA R.; WIENHOLD, BRIAN J.; SCHMER, MARTY R.; JIN, VIRGINIA L.; CERRI, CARLOS C.; CERRI, CARLOS E. P. Applying Soil Management Assessment Framework (SMAF) on short-term sugarcane straw removal in Brazil. INDUSTRIAL CROPS AND PRODUCTS, v. 129, p. 175-184, MAR 2019. Web of Science Citations: 2.
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.; PAUSTIAN, KEITH; KARLEN, DOUGLAS L.; SMITH, PETE; CERRI, CARLOS C.; CERRI, CARLOS E. P. Is the expansion of sugarcane over pasturelands a sustainable strategy for Brazil's bioenergy industry?. RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS, v. 102, p. 346-355, MAR 2019. Web of Science Citations: 2.

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