Variation in Traits Associated with Carbon Sequestration for a Range of Common Amenity Grass Species
Carbon sequestration in the soil profile depends on a number of soil, plant, climatic and management factors, and their interactions. Plants affect the quantity, quality and placement of carbon in the soil profile. Ecological studies have demonstrated considerable variation in soil organic matter (SOM) under different types of grassland but the potential for exploiting genetic variation amongst grasses for carbon deposition in the soil has not yet been explored. Neither has there been any attempt to select and breed amenity or forage grass genotypes exhibiting enhanced carbon sequestration.