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Soil quality in areas of land use change for sugarcane cultivation in SOUTH-CENTER of Brazil - data for the evaluation of environmental sustainability of ethanol

Grant number: 13/17581-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2013
Effective date (End): March 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy
Principal Investigator:Carlos Clemente Cerri
Grantee:Maurício Roberto Cherubin
Home Institution: Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):14/16612-8 - Soil quality indicator response to land use change, BE.EP.DR

Abstract

The environmental impacts caused by the land use change (LUC) with conversion of native vegetation and pasture areas for sugarcane have generated questions facing the environmental sustainability of Brazilian ethanol production. In this context, the soil quality (SQ) has been identified as a key indicator to compose protocols and evaluate such impacts in the producing systems. Thus, the objective of the project is to evaluate the impacts of land use change (LUC) for sugarcane cultivation on chemical and physical soil quality properties in the south-center region of Brazil. Additionally, a soil quality index (SQI) will be developed for assessing areas where LUC occurs for the cultivation of sugarcane for ethanol production. The study will be conducted in three chronosequences where LUC was promoted to sugarcane cultivation. In each one of these cronossequences, the native vegetation was converted into pasture and then to sugarcane. The selected study sites are placed in Jataí-GO, Valparaiso-SP and Ipaussu-SP, in south-center, Brazil. In each area, soil samples will be collected in nine sites considering three soil depths (0-10, 10-20 and 20-30 cm). From the samples collected, will be determined in the laboratory chemical indicators (organic carbon, macro and micronutrients and acidity indicators) and physical (texture, density, porosity, available water, penetration resistance, hydraulic conductivity and soil aggregation). Biological indicators (soil fauna (indexes), diversity and microbial biomass, enzyme activity) will be obtained from other projects developed concurrently by the research group. The SQ indicators also will be evaluated using the Soil Quality Test Kit. All costs involved in obtaining chemical and physical indicators will be inventoried, to obtain the cost-effectiveness of these each one of these assessments in SQ. Initially, the data will be analyzed using the univariate statistical methods (descriptive statistics, analysis of variance, means comparison test) in order to analyze the impacts of LUC over the soil chemical-physical properties. Posteriorly, we will use the multivariate statistical methods (component principal analysis and factor analysis), to promote a conjunct analysis involving chemical, physical and biological indicators, and define a minimum data set needed to evaluate the SQ. Finally, considering the five major soil functions will be developed and compared three IQS, calculated from i) all indicators evaluated, ii) indicators present in the minimum data set and iii) indicators obtained through the use of the Soil Quality Test Kit. We expect that results generated by this research project can contribute in assessments of environmental sustainability and suggest strategies for mitigating the environmental impacts caused by the expansion of the Brazilian sugarcane industry.

Scientific publications (14)
(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)
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: 4.
CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; FRANCO, ANDRE L. C.; GUIMARAES, RACHEL M. L.; TORMENA, CASSIO A.; CERRI, CARLOS E. P.; KARLEN, DOUGLAS L.; CERRI, CARLOS C. Assessing soil structural quality under Brazilian sugarcane expansion areas using Visual Evaluation of Soil Structure (VESS). SOIL & TILLAGE RESEARCH, v. 173, n. SI, p. 64-74, NOV 2017. Web of Science Citations: 15.
FRANCO, ANDRE L. C.; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; CERRI, CARLOS E. P.; GUIMARAES, RACHEL M. L.; CERRI, CARLOS C. Relating the visual soil structure status and the abundance of soil engineering invertebrates across land use change. SOIL & TILLAGE RESEARCH, v. 173, n. SI, p. 49-52, NOV 2017. Web of Science Citations: 12.
DURIGAN, MARIANA REGINA; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO ROBERTO; DE CAMARGO, PLINIO BARBOSA; FERREIRA, JOICE NUNES; BERENGUER, ERIKA; GARDNER, TOBY ALAN; BARLOW, JOS; DOS SANTOS DIAS, CARLOS TADEU; SIGNOR, DIANA; DE OLIVEIRA JUNIOR, RAIMUNDO COSME; PELLEGRINO CERRI, CARLOS EDUARDO. Soil Organic Matter Responses to Anthropogenic Forest Disturbance and Land Use Change in the Eastern Brazilian Amazon. SUSTAINABILITY, v. 9, n. 3 MAR 2017. Web of Science Citations: 13.
TORMENA, CASSIO A.; KARLEN, DOUGLAS L.; LOGSDON, SALLY; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R. Corn stover harvest and tillage impacts on near-surface soil physical quality. SOIL & TILLAGE RESEARCH, v. 166, p. 122-130, MAR 2017. Web of Science Citations: 15.
FRANCO, ANDRE L. C.; BARTZ, MARIE L. C.; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; BARETTA, DILMAR; CERRI, CARLOS E. P.; FEIGL, BRIGITTE J.; WALL, DIANA H.; DAVIES, CHRISTIAN A.; CERRI, CARLOS C. Loss of soil (macro)fauna due to the expansion of Brazilian sugarcane acreage. Science of The Total Environment, v. 563, p. 160-168, SEP 1 2016. Web of Science Citations: 15.
DA SILVA OLIVEIRA, DENER MARCIO; PAUSTIAN, KEITH; DAVIES, CHRISTIAN ANDREW; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO ROBERTO; FRANCO, ANDRE LUIZ CUSTODIO; CERRI, CARLOS CLEMENTE; PELLEGRINO CERRI, CARLOS EDUARDO. Soil carbon changes in areas undergoing expansion of sugarcane into pastures in south-central Brazil. AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, v. 228, p. 38-48, JUL 15 2016. Web of Science Citations: 12.
TORMENA, CASSIO A.; KARLEN, DOUGLAS L.; LOGSDON, SALLY; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R. Visual Soil Structure Effects of Tillage and Corn Stover Harvest in Iowa. Soil Science Society of America Journal, v. 80, n. 3, p. 720-726, MAY-JUN 2016. Web of Science Citations: 5.
CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; KARLEN, DOUGLAS L.; FRANCO, ANDRE L. C.; TORMENA, CASSIO A.; CERRI, CARLOS E. P.; DAVIES, CHRISTIAN A.; CERRI, CARLOS C. Soil physical quality response to sugarcane expansion in Brazil. Geoderma, v. 267, p. 156-168, APR 1 2016. Web of Science Citations: 22.
CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; KARLEN, DOUGLAS L.; CERRI, CARLOS E. P.; FRANCO, ANDRE L. C.; TORMENA, CASSIO A.; DAVIES, CHRISTIAN A.; CERRI, CARLOS C. Soil Quality Indexing Strategies for Evaluating Sugarcane Expansion in Brazil. PLoS One, v. 11, n. 3 MAR 3 2016. Web of Science Citations: 18.
CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; FRANCO, ANDRE L. C.; CERRI, CARLOS E. P.; KARLEN, DOUGLAS L.; PAVINATO, PAULO S.; RODRIGUES, MARCOS; DAVIES, CHRISTIAN A.; CERRI, CARLOS C. Phosphorus pools responses to land-use change for sugarcane expansion in weathered Brazilian soils. Geoderma, v. 265, p. 27-38, MAR 1 2016. Web of Science Citations: 18.
CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; KARLEN, DOUGLAS L.; FRANCO, ANDRE L. C.; CERRI, CARLOS E. P.; TORMENA, CASSIO A.; CERRI, CARLOS C. A Soil Management Assessment Framework (SMAF) Evaluation of Brazilian Sugarcane Expansion on Soil Quality. Soil Science Society of America Journal, v. 80, n. 1, p. 215-226, JAN-FEB 2016. Web of Science Citations: 12.
CHERUBIN, MAURICIO ROBERTO; CUSTODIO FRANCO, ANDRE LUIZ; PELLEGRINO CERRI, CARLOS EDUARDO; DA SILVA OLIVEIRA, DENER MARCIO; DAVIES, CHRISTIAN ANDREW; CERRI, CARLOS CLEMENTE. Sugarcane expansion in Brazilian tropical soils-Effects of land use change on soil chemical attributes. AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, v. 211, p. 173-184, DEC 15 2015. Web of Science Citations: 23.
FRANCO, ANDRE L. C.; CHERUBIN, MAURICIO R.; PAVINATO, PAULO S.; CERRI, CARLOS E. P.; SIX, JOHAN; DAVIES, CHRISTIAN A.; CERRI, CARLOS C. Soil carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus changes under sugarcane expansion in Brazil. Science of The Total Environment, v. 515, p. 30-38, MAY 15 2015. Web of Science Citations: 29.

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