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Author(s):Samples, Tom; Sorochan, John; Brosnan, James
Author Affiliation:Plant Sciences Department, The University of Tennessee
Title:Turfgrasses and global warming
Section:Turf talk
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Source:Tennessee Turfgrass. February/March 2009, p. 22-23.
# of Pages:2
Publishing Information:Franklin, TN: Leading Edge Communications, LLC
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Turfgrasses; Turf values; Photosynthesis; Nutrients; Greenhouse effect; Climate; Carbon dioxide; Atmosphere; Air pollution
Abstract/Contents:Discusses photosynthesis stating that "approximately one-half of the photosynthesis on Earth occurs on land, and the remainder occurs in water." Notes that "although the gases nitrogen (N2) and oxygen (O2) account for 78% and 21% of the dry atmosphere, respectively, they contribute very little to the greenhouse effect." Mentions that "water vapor and CO2 are very important greenhouse gases." States that "fossil fuel burning has contributed about three-quarters of the atmospheric CO2 emissions resulting from human activity." Informs that "more than 10% of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is reduced to carbohydrate by organisms capable of photosynthesis." Notes that "research indicates that turfgrasses may sequester up to 800 pounds of atmospheric C per acre per year. Based on this estimate, urban turfgrasses in the U.S. [United States] could remove about 20 million tons of C from the atmosphere annually." Briefly comments on research reported by Ranajit Sahu stating that "turfgrass in an average-managed lawn removes four time more C from the air, and a well-managed lawn removes five to seven times more C from the air, than is produced by today's typical lawn mower."
Note:Reprint appears in Kentucky Turfgrass Council: The State of Grass, June/July 2009, p. 9
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Samples, T., J. Sorochan, and J. Brosnan. 2009. Turfgrasses and global warming. Tenn. Turfgrass. p. 22-23.
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