Adaptation strategies of livestock system to climate change

Climate change affects the biomass production of grasslands, hence its carrying capacity to sustain the livestock. Also, due to climate change drought and heat waves are more frequent which affects animal health. Therefore, it is important to mitigate climate change to adapt to the changes in the agriculture sector. Mitigation could arise through lowering the emission of methane and nitrogen oxide of the farms and increasing the carbon sequestration of grasslands. Carbon sequestration could be increased by proper land use management. Therefore, it is important to investigate the effect of different management types (mowing, grazing) on grassland.

During our research we are seeking for an optimal mowing and grazing intensity which enhances the grasslands’ carbon capture capacity.

The carbon balance of the grasslands is observed with eddy covariance towers and the lateral carbon flux is estimated through field and aerial based biomass surveys.

Participants and publications :
Dr. Nagy Zoltán, Dr. Balogh János, Dr. Pintér Kriszta, Dr. Péli Evelin, Cserhalmi Dóra, Papp Marianna, Koncz Péter
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  • Publications of the MTA-SZIE Plant Ecology Research Group

  • Koncz, P., Pintér, K., Balogh, J. et al. (2017) Extensive grazing in contrast to mowing is climate-friendly based on the farm-scale greenhouse gas balance Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 240, 121–134.