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Sanz-Cobena, A., Misselbrook, T. H., Hernaiz, P. and Vallejo, A. 2019. Impact of rainfall to the effectiveness of pig slurry shallow injection method for NH3 mitigation in a Mediterranean soil. Atmospheric Environment. 216, p. 116913.
|Authors||Sanz-Cobena, A., Misselbrook, T. H., Hernaiz, P. and Vallejo, A.|
Ammonia emission from fertilized cropping systems is an important concern for stakeholders, particularly in regions with high livestock densities producing large amounts of manure. Application of pig slurries can result in very large losses of N through NH3 volatilization, thus decreasing the N use efficiency (NUE) of the applied manure. Shallow incorporation has been shown to significantly abate these losses. In this field study, we assessed the impact of contrasting weather conditions on the effectiveness of shallow injection to abate NH3 emissions from pig slurry application to a Mediterranean soil. As potential trade-offs of NH3 abatement, greenhouse gas emissions were also measured under conditions of high soil moisture. Compared with surface application of slurry, shallow injection effectively and significantly decreased NH3 losses independently of weather conditions, but reductions of NH3 emission were greater after heavy rainfall. In contrast, under these conditions, shallow injection triggered higher emissions of N2O and CH4. Our findings reinforce the idea that any single-pollutant abatement strategy needs to be designed and assessed in a regional context and considering potential trade-offs in the form of other pollutants.
|Keywords||Ammonia; Micrometeorological method; Slurry incorporation; Trade-offs; Nitrous oxide; Mediterranean agroecosystems|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Journal citation||216, p. 116913|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.116913|
|Open access||Published as non-open access|
|Funder||Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council|
|Funder project or code||S2N - Soil to Nutrition - Work package 2 (WP2) - Adaptive management systems for improved efficiency and nutritional quality|
|Output status||E-publication ahead of print|
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