2013
DOI: 10.1590/s0103-90162013000500008
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Abstract: ABSTRACT: Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) crops provide carbon (C) for soil through straw and root system decomposition. Recently, however, sugarcane producers are considering straw to be removed for electricity or second generation ethanol production. To elucidate the role of straw and root system on the carbon supply into the soil, the biomass inputs from sugarcane straw (tops and dry leaves) and from root system (rhizomes and roots) were quantifi ed, and its contribution to provide C to the soil was estimated. …

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