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September 11-13, 2023 | Valencia, Spain
GPMB 2021

Carlos Pimentel

Carlos Pimentel, Speaker at plant science conference
Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Title : GHG production and effects on tropical agriculture: The case of Brazil.


he activity of atmospheric gases, especially greenhouse gases (GHG), as water vapor, carbonic gas, methane, nitrogen oxides, and ozone, became an object of study because of its increase in the atmosphere, causing a rise in air temperature, drought events, and others environmental stresses. In addition to carbonic gas, there was an increase in the emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in the troposphere and nitrogen oxides, which generates ozone, toxic to all living beings. These phenomena occur especially during winter and spring with the increase in biomass burning in this dry season. This ozone produced at low altitudes reduces photosynthesis and yield of sensitive crops, like soybean and cotton, important Brazilian crops. Therefore, in tropical countries, the atmospheric concentration of carbonic gas, nitrogen oxides, VOCs, and thus, ozone too are increased by biomass burning during the dry season. The prevision of a substantial increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbonic gas during the next years will cause increase in photosynthesis and biomass of C3 plants, especially in woody and grasses species, in detriment to C4 plants. However, this increase can be lower than predicted by studies carried under controlled conditions, as demonstrated by field results. It is more reduced by ozone produced simultaneously in the dry season, just before the most crucial cultivation of the year, at the rainy season. The large concentration of these GHG in the atmosphere will raise the air temperature and alters precipitation, and reduce the soil water content causing water stresses, which can annul the fertilization effect of carbonic gas, potentially extending the harmful impact of the ozone increase in the biosphere. However, these studies have been conducted in temperate regions, and little is known about the effects of carbonic gas and ozone on the metabolism of crop cultivars in tropical countries. In industrialized countries, the increase in ozone and carbonic gas is mainly due to fossil fuel burning, especially during summer. In tropical countries, like Brazil, the production of these gases occurs in the dry season (winter and spring), in the savannahs, the Cerrado ecosystem in Brazil, where the Brazilian agriculture is principally made. The GHG production is due to natural or anthropogenic biomass burning, and it will affect the crops during the rainy season when the crop has the year's maximal yield potential.


Prof. Pimentel graduated in Agronomy at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1977. He then joined the research group of Prof. Vieira da Silva at the University of Paris 7 (Jussieu), Paris, France. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1985 at the same institution. In 1988, he was approved in a Concours of Associate Professor at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. In 1994, he passed another Concours and obtained the position of Full Professor at the same University. He did one year of sabbatical leave (1999-2000) supervised by Dr. Long at the University of Illinois, U.S., working on the FACE programs with the GHG effects on soybean and corn. He has published more than 60 research articles in SCI(E) journals, with more than 2500 citations in Web of Science, two books for graduated programs on agriculture in Brazil, and created two new varieties of pearl millet for agriculture.