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Updated: 12/07/2016 08:30:05AM

Archbold to study gases on ranches

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Archbold Biological Station in Venus has received a $499,000 grant as part of a $6.7 million project by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have several organizations and facilities study healthy agroecosystems. Officials there state the study, in cooperation with out-of-state universities, will study how ranching, already a big land use in Florida, can help reduce greenhouse gases through better land management.


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VENUS — When Archbold Biological Station teams up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study agroecology in the coming year, scientists will focus on cattle lands, but not how to stock more cows.

Research will focus on improving grazing grasses, habitat and plant diversity, but also on reducing greenhouse gases by trapping them in the soil and keeping them there, said Betsy Boughton, agroecology project director for the Venus-based research facility.

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