A survey of carbon sequestration potential of orchards and vineyards in Italy

Paolo Inglese, Giorgia Liguori, Francesca Scandellari, Giovanni Caruso, Franco Meggio, Damiano Zanotelli, Maria Palese Assunta, Andrea Pitacco, Riccardo Gucci, Massimo Tagliavini, Giuseppe Celano

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Orchards and vineyards are important land use types in Southern Europe. In spite of their potential to sequester atmospheric C and to mitigate climate change, relatively little is known regarding the influx and outflux of C in these systems. The aim of this work is to provide data on the C budget, including net primary production (NPP), C removal through production, and C sequestration potential for the vineyards and the main fruit tree species (apple, citrus, olive, and peach) grown in Italy. Standing biomass and NPP were measured, and net ecosystem exchange and net C balance assessed directly, through either eddy covariance technique, or considering NPP and heterotrophic respiration. Aboveground NPP ranged between 10 and 20 t ha-1 while, when directly assessed, belowgroundNPP was less than 20% of the total NPP. The C leaving the system through fruit production ranged between 2 and 3 t ha-1. Mature fruit tree ecosystems had positive net ecosystem productivity (ranging from 4.30 in Apple-2 to 7.5 in Grape-1.) and net ecosystem carbon balance (ranging from 0.6 to 5.9 t C ha-1 y-1), indicating the potential of these systems to store C.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-114
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Horticultural Science
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Horticulture


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