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Title: Free air carbon dioxide enrichment facility development for crop experiments
Authors: Maini, H K
Tiwari, M K
Bahl, Madhu
John, Thomas
Chopra, P
Singh, Dhan
Yadav, V S
Anand, J R
Poddar, H N
Mitra, A P
Garg, S C
Uprety, D C
Shrivastava, G C
Saxena, D C
Dwivedi, Neeta
Mohan, Rajat
Miglietta, Franco
Zaldei, Alessandro
Issue Date: Dec-2002
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: The level of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas in earth's atmosphere is increasing exponentially due to global industrialization and is likely to reach double its pre-industrial value by the middle of present century. Free air CO2 enrichment (FACE) facilities, in which the simulation of elevated level of CO2 is done in the open fields by artificially injecting CO2 gas in a controlled manner, are being used to study the impact of rising concentration of CO2 on environment. The FACE facilities exist only in few places in the world as they are quite expensive, complex to develop and involve state-of-the-art technology. This paper describes the details of a medium size FACE facility (Mid-FACE) designed, developed and fabricated indigenously for conducting CO2 enrichment experiments on crop plants. With this development, India becomes the second after Japan to have such a facility in whole of Asia for carrying out CO2 enrichment research.
Page(s): 404-409
ISSN: 0975-105X (Online); 0367-8393 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJRSP Vol.31(6) [December 2002]

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