Dec 1, 2019

Effects of mild alternate wetting and drying irrigation and mid-season drainage on CH4 and N2 O emissions in rice cultivation

The Science of the Total Environment
Bin LiaoGuoan Lu


Rice, one of the major sources of CH4 and N2O emissions, is also the largest consumer of water resources. Mild alternate wetting and drying (AWD) irrigation is widely adopted to save irrigation water resources and maintain rice production, but its effects on CH4 and N2O emissions are unclear. In addition, previous studies have revealed different effects of mid-season drainage on global warming potential (GWP), owing to the different criteria used. In this study, a pot experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of mild AWD irrigation and mid-season drainage (a specific soil moisture) on CH4 and N2O emissions during rice cultivation. Four water management systems were applied: AWD + D0 (mild AWD irrigation without mid-season drainage), AWD + D1 (mild AWD irrigation with mid-season drainage), CF + D0 (continuous flooding without mid-season drainage) and CF + D1 (continuous flooding with mid-season drainage); nitrogen was applied at two levels (N90 and N180) along with each treatment. The results showed that mild AWD irrigation reduced CH4 cumulative emissions by an average of 87.1% but increased N2O cumulative emissions by an average of 280% compared to the values observed with CF irrigation. Mid-season drainage did not a...Continue Reading

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