Plant and Soil

, Volume 328, Issue 1–2, pp 353–367 | Cite as

Carbon dioxide and methane fluxes from a barley field amended with organic fertilizers under Mediterranean climatic conditions

  • Ana Meijide
  • Laura M. Cárdenas
  • Laura Sánchez-Martín
  • Antonio Vallejo
Regular Article


A field experiment was carried out in a non-irrigated barley crop (Hordeum vulgare L. cv Bornova) with the aims of evaluating the effects of applying organic and inorganic fertilizers on soil carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) fluxes and assessing the residual effect of these fertilizers after the first rainfall events of autumn. Both soil CO2 and CH4 fluxes seemed to be dependent on temperature. The soils were a net sink for CH4 and the application of inorganic fertilizers reduced the sink potential. CO2 emissions increased following the application of fertilizers and after the first rainfall events in the autumn. The use of digested pig slurry caused a reduction of the CO2 equivalents produced per unit of crop yield.


Methane Carbon dioxide Ecosystem respiration Methanotrophy Organic fertilizers 



Carbon dioxide




greenhouse gases


untreated pig slurry


anaerobically digested thin pig slurry fraction


composted organic waste


composted crop residues combined with sludge






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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Meijide
    • 1
  • Laura M. Cárdenas
    • 2
  • Laura Sánchez-Martín
    • 1
  • Antonio Vallejo
    • 1
  1. 1.Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros AgrónomosTechnical University of MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.North Wyke ResearchDevonUK

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