The variations of Oxidation-Reduction Potential in paddy soil and effects on the methane emission from a periodically irrigated paddy field.

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Kenta Yagi, Toru Iwata and Naoki Wakikuromaru, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan
Paddy fields are one of the most important eco-system in monsoon Asia and one of the largest source of CH4 emission. CH4 has significant contribution to the global warming next to CO2 and its greenhouse effect is about 21 times as large as same amount of CO2. CH4 is generated by decomposition of organic matter in soil under anaerobic condition. Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) is the most suitable index representing soil aerobic condition. Or, CH4 is more generated under lower ORP conditions.
 In this study, ORP in paddy soil was measured during rice cultivated season at a periodically irrigated paddy field, and some effects on the methane flux from the paddy soil was investigated. 3-days flood and 4-days drained condition were regularly repeated at the site from late-June to early October. ORP under flooded condition was measured during irrigated term in 2013 at two mode; regular interval measurement every 2 weeks and intensive measurements during two flooded periods. Methane flux was also measured by the aerodynamic gradient technique.
 ORP showed rapid decrease when irrigation water was introduced in the paddy field, and lower ORP was shown under the longer flooded condition. From the seasonal-term point of view, lower ORP was shown in later rice season. ORP was suitably modeled as a function of irrigation time. During an irrigation period for four days, higher methane emissions were shown under lower OPR conditions as shown in Fig.1. From the seasonal-term point of view, however, no significant relationship between ORP and methane fluxes. Rapid rise of CH4 flux in early August and gradual decrease between late August and September were shown. It is suggested that seasonal change of methane flux is affected by seasonal changes of soil temperature or the growth level of rice plants.