Long-term fencing improved soil properties and soil organic carbon storage in an alpine swamp meadow of western China

  title={Long-term fencing improved soil properties and soil organic carbon storage in an alpine swamp meadow of western China},
  author={Gao-lin Wu and Zhen-heng Liu and Lei Zhang and Ji-min Chen and Tian-ming Hu},
  journal={Plant and Soil},
Overgrazing significantly affects alpine meadows in ways similar to grasslands in other areas. Fencing to exclude grazers is one of the main management practices used to protect alpine meadows. However, it is not known if fencing can improve soil properties and soil organic carbon storage by restraining grazing in alpine meadows. We studied the long-term (nine-year) effects of fencing on soil properties, soil organic carbon and nitrogen storage compared with continued grazing in an alpine swamp… CONTINUE READING
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