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Does 3,4-dimethylpyrazole phosphate or N-(n-butyl) thiophosphoric triamide reduce nitrous oxide emissions from a rain-fed cropping system?

Guangdi Li , Graeme Schwenke , Richard Hayes , Hongtao Xing , Adam Lowrie , Richard Lowrie


Nitrification and urease inhibitors have been used to reduce nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and increase nitrogen use efficiency in many agricultural systems. However, their agronomic benefits, such as the improvement of grain yield, is uncertain. A two-year field experiment was conducted to a) investigate whether the use of 3,4-dimethylpyrazole phosphate (DMPP) or N-(n-butyl) thiophosphoric triamide (NBPT) can reduce N2O emissions and increase grain yield, and b) explore the financial benefit of using DMPP or NBPT in a rainfed cropping system in the south-eastern Australia. The experiment was conducted at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia with wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) in 2012 and canola (Brassica napus L.) in 2013. Results showed that urea coated with DMPP reduced the cumulative N2O emission by 34% with a wheat crop in 2012 (P < 0.05) and by 62% with a canola crop in 2013 (P < 0.05) compared to normal urea, but urea coated NBPT had no effect on N2O reduction with the wheat crop in 2012. Neither nitrification inhibitor nor urease inhibitor increased crop yields as the low rainfall experienced led to little potential for gross N loss through denitrification, leaching or volatilisation pathways. In such dry years, only government or other financial incentives for N2O mitigation would make the use of DMPP with applied N economically viable.

SR17219  Accepted 10 November 2017

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