February 20, 2013
Soil gives clues for harnessing CO2
A team of scientists and engineers from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and New Mexico State University assisted several farmers in southern New Mexico to research sustainable agricultural practices. The project measured soil nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus) using a backpack Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) system, developed at LANL. Results from this program were recently featured on KRWG, which indicated that approximately 47 tons of CO2 emissions can be sequestered in the soil’s biomass, requiring less irrigation and eliminating contamination from trace elements in fertilizers.
Project support for SNL and LANL scientists was made possible through a leveraged project with the New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program. For more information about this project or the NMSBA Program please contact Becky Coel-Roback at LANL or Genaro Montoya at SNL.