Does agricultural crop diversity enhance soil microbial biomass and organic matter dynamics? A meta-analysis.

  title={Does agricultural crop diversity enhance soil microbial biomass and organic matter dynamics? A meta-analysis.},
  author={Marshall D. McDaniel and Lisa K. Tiemann and A. Stuart Grandy},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={24 3},
  • M. McDanielL. TiemannA. S. Grandy
  • Published 1 April 2014
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
Our increasing dependence on a small number of agricultural crops, such as corn, is leading to reductions in agricultural biodiversity. Reductions in the number of crops in rotation or the replacement of rotations by monocultures are responsible for this loss of biodiversity. The belowground implications of simplifying agricultural plant communities remain unresolved; however, agroecosystem sustainability will be severely compromised if reductions in biodiversity reduce soil C and N… 

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