The impact of herbivores on nitrogen mineralization rate: consequences for salt-marsh succession

  title={The impact of herbivores on nitrogen mineralization rate: consequences for salt-marsh succession},
  author={Harm J. van Wijnen and Ren{\'e} van der Wal and Jan P J Bakker},
Soil net N-mineralization rate was measured along a successional gradient in salt-marsh sites that were grazed by vertebrate herbivores, and in 5-year-old exclosures from which the animals were excluded. Mineralization rate was significantly higher at ungrazed than at grazed sites. In the absence of grazing, mineralization rate increased over the course of succession, whereas it remained relatively low when sites were grazed. The largest differences in mineralization rate between grazed and… CONTINUE READING

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