Agronomy for Sustainable Development

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 603–607 | Cite as

Efficient C sequestration and benefits of medicinal vetiver cropping in tropical regions

  • Munnu Singh
  • Neha Guleria
  • Eranki V. S. Prakasa RaoEmail author
  • Prashant Goswami
Research Article


The increase of atmospheric CO2 concentration is a major cause of global warming. This issue may be effectively addressed through sequestration of carbon in plants and soils. Here we studied the potential of vetiver, Vetiveria zizanioides L., to sequester carbon in field plots in Bangalore, India. Vetiver is a perennial and economically viable crop growing in tropical and subtropical regions. Vetiver has medicinal and aromatic properties. Vetiver shoot and root C amounts were measured. Results show that vetiver sequesters 15.24 Mg C ha−1 year−1 in shoot and roots, much higher than that for lemongrass with 5.38, palmarosa with 6.14, and trees with 2.92. In addition the benefit/cost ratio of vetiver, 2.3, is higher than that of rice, 1.97. We estimate that vetiver cropping could sequester 150 Tg per year in India, which is nearly 46 % of C emissions in India.


Plant systems Carbon sequestration Climate change Global warming Sustainability Vetiver 



This study was funded by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (C.S.I.R.), New Delhi, India, under the project “Integrated Analysis for Impact, Mitigation and Sustainability (IAIMS)” (NWP-52).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Munnu Singh
    • 1
  • Neha Guleria
    • 1
  • Eranki V. S. Prakasa Rao
    • 2
    Email author
  • Prashant Goswami
    • 2
  1. 1.Research CentreCIMAP (Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants)BangaloreIndia
  2. 2.CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer SimulationBangaloreIndia

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