Extensive Management Promotes Plant and Microbial Nitrogen Retention in Temperate Grassland

@inproceedings{Vries2012ExtensiveMP,
  title={Extensive Management Promotes Plant and Microbial Nitrogen Retention in Temperate Grassland},
  author={Franciska T de Vries and Jaap Bloem and Helen Quirk and Carly J. Stevens and Roland N. Bol and Richard D Bardgett},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
Leaching losses of nitrogen (N) from soil and atmospheric N deposition have led to widespread changes in plant community and microbial community composition, but our knowledge of the factors that determine ecosystem N retention is limited. A common feature of extensively managed, species-rich grasslands is that they have fungal-dominated microbial communities, which might reduce soil N losses and increase ecosystem N retention, which is pivotal for pollution mitigation and sustainable food… CONTINUE READING