Plants and greenhouse gasses

Friday 17 Feb 17


Teis Nørgaard Mikkelsen
Associate Professor
DTU Environment
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In this video Senior Researcher Teis Nørgaard Mikkelsen presents new research on plants and greenhouse gasses conducted at DTU Environment.

It’s a fact that the vegetation over the world helps mitigating the enhanced greenhouse effect by in cooperating carbon in plants and the soil they are growing in. This is done by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. However, recent research shows that plants emit the potent greenhouse gasses methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) and the indirect greenhouse gas carbon monoxide (CO) when they are exposed to solar light. This talk indicate that it is processes that are more or less universal, and preliminary upscaling of the plant generated N2O emission indicate that this newly discovered source equals 7-24% of the N2O natural terrestrial source strength accounted for so far.

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