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PUBLICATIONS - Rodney T. Venterea


Martins, C., M. Delgado-Baquerizo, C. Macdonald, I. Anderson, S. Hobbie, R.T. Venterea, P. Reich and B. Singh. 2017.  Identifying environmental drivers of greenhouse gas emissions under warming and reduced rainfall in boreal-temperate forests. Functional Ecology. Accepted 18 May 2017.

Feyereisen, G., L. Christianson, T. Moorman, R.T. Venterea and J. Coulter. 2017. Plastic biofilm carrier after corn cobs reduces nitrate loading in laboratory denitrifying bioreactors. J. Environ. Qual.  doi:10.2134/jeq2017.02.006

Breuillin-Sessoms, F., R.T. Venterea, M.J. Sadowsky, J.A. Coulter, T.J. Clough and P. Wang. 2017. Nitrification gene ratio and free ammonia explain nitrite and nitrous oxide production in urea-amended soils. Soil Biol. Biochem. 111:143-153. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.04.007

Fernández, F., R.T. Venterea and K. Fabrizzi. 2017. Corn nitrogen management influences nitrous oxide emissions in drained and undrained soils. J. Environ. Qual. 45:1847-1855. doi:10.2134/jeq2016.06.0237

Owens, J., T.J. Clough, J. Laubach, J.E. Hunt and R.T. Venterea. 2017. Nitrous oxide fluxes and soil oxygen dynamics of soil treated with cow urine. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 81:289-298. doi:10.2136/sssaj2016.09.0277



Turner, P.A. T.J. Griffis, D.J.Mulla, J.M. Baker and R.T. Venterea. 2016.  A geostatistical approach to identify and mitigate agricultural nitrous oxide emission hotspots. Science of the Total Environment. 572:442–449.

Maharjan, B., C.J. Rosen, J. Lamb and R.T. Venterea. 2016. Corn response to nitrogen management under fully irrigated versus water-stressed conditions.  Agron. J. Accepted 13 May 2016. doi:10.2134/agronj2016.01.0006

Turner, P.A., J.M. Baker, T.J. Griffis and R.T. Venterea. The impact of kura clover living mulch on nitrous oxide emissions in a corn/soybean system. J. Environ. Qual. doi:10.2134/jeq2016.01.0036


Venterea, R.T., J.A. Coulter and M.S. Dolan. 2016. Evaluation of intensive '4R' strategies for decreasing nitrous oxide emissions and nitrogen surplus in rainfed cornJ. Environ. Qual. 10.2134/jeq2016.01.0024


Turner, P.A., T.J. Griffis, J.M. Baker, X. Lee, J. Crawford , L. Loken and R.T. Venterea.Regional-scale controls on dissolved nitrous oxide in the Upper Mississippi River. Geophys. Res. Lett. 43, 4400-4407, doi:10.1002/2016GL068710.


Owens, J., T.J. Clough, J. Laubach, J. Hunt, R.T. Venterea and R.L. Phillips. 2016.  Nitrous oxide fluxes, soil oxygen, and denitrification potential from urine and non-urine treated soil under different irrigation frequenciesJ. Environ. Qual. doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.10.0516


Feyereisen, G., T. Moorman, L. Christianson, R.T. Venterea, J.A. Coulter and U. Tschirner. 2016.  Performance of agricultural residue media in laboratory denitrifying bioreactors at low temperatures. J. Environ. Qual.45:779-787. doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.07.0407




Venterea R.T., T.J. Clough, J.A. Coulter, F. Breuillin-Sessoms, P. Wang and M.J. Sadowsky. 2015. Ammonium sorption and ammonia inhibition of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria explain contrasting soil N2O production. Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 12153, doi:10.1038/srep12153.


Venterea, R.T. and J.A. Coulter. 2015. Split application of urea does not decrease and may increase N2O emissions in rainfed corn. Agronomy Journal, 107:337-348.  doi:10.2134/agronj14.041


 Turner, P.A., T.J. Griffis, X. Lee, J.M. Baker, R.T. Venterea and J.D. Wood. 2015. Indirect nitrous oxide emissions from streams within the US Corn Belt scale with stream order.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112 (32): 9839-9843.  doi:10.1073/pnas.1503598112


Lundy, M.E., C.M. Pittelkow, B.A. Linquist, X. Liang, K.J. van Groenigen, J. Lee, J. Six, R.T. Venterea and C. van Kessel. 2015. Nitrogen fertilization reduces yield declines following no-till adoption.Field Crops Res. 183:204-210.


Pittelkow, C.M., B.A. Linquist, M.E. Lundy, X. Liang, K.J. van Groenigen, J. Lee, N. van Gestel, J. Six, R.T. Venterea and C. van Kessel. 2015. When does no-till yield more? A global meta-analysis.  Field Crops Res. 183:156-168.



Pittelkow, C.M., X. Liang, B.A. Linquist, K.J. van Groenigen, J. Lee, M.E. Lundy, N. van Gestel, J. Six, R.T. Venterea and C. van Kessel. 2014. Productivity limits and potentials of the principles of conservation agriculture. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature13809.



Lin, X., K. Spokas, R.T. Venterea, R. Zhang, J.Baker and G. Feyereisen. 2014. Assessing microbial contributions to N2O impacts following biochar additions.Agronomy2014, 4(4), 478-496; doi:10.3390/agronomy4040478



Maharjan, B. and R.T. Venterea. 2014.  Anhydrous ammonia injection depth does not affect N2O emissions in a silt loam over two growing seasons.  J. Environ. Qual. 43:1527-1535.


Snyder, C.S., E.A. Davidson, P. Smith and R.T. Venterea. 2014.  Agriculture: Sustainable Crop and Animal Production to Help Mitigate Nitrous Oxide Emissions.Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 9-10:46-54.

Hatfield, J.L. and R.T. Venterea. 2014. Enhanced efficiency fertilizers: A multi-site comparison of the effects on nitrous oxide emissions and agronomic performance. Agronomy Journal. 106:679-680.


Maharjan, B., R.T. Venterea, and C.J. Rosen. 2014. Fertilizer and irrigation management effects on nitrous oxide emissions and nitrate leaching. Agronomy Journal. 106:703-714.


Jin VL, JM Baker, JM-F Johnson, DL Karlen, RM Lehman, SL Osborne, TJ Sauer, DE Stott, GE Varvel, RT Venterea, MR Schmer, BJ Wienhold. 2014. Soil greenhouse gas emissions in response to corn stover removal and tillage management across the US corn belt. Bioenergy Research. DOI 10.1007/s12155-014-9421-0


Ogle, S.M., P.R. Adler, F.J. Breidt, S. Del Grosso, J. Derner, A. Franzluebbers, M. Liebig, B. Linquist, G.P. Robertson, M. Schoeneberger, J. Six, C. van Kessel, R.T. Venterea, T. West, 2014.Quantifying greenhouse gas sources and sinks in cropland and grazing land systems (Chapter 3).In: Eve, M., D. Pape, M. Flugge, R. Steele, D. Man, M. Riley-Gilbert, and S. Biggar (Eds.), Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory. Technical Bulletin Number 1939, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC. pp. 3-1-3-142.




Maharjan, B. and R.T. Venterea. 2013. Nitrite intensity explains N management effects on N2O emissions in maize.Soil Biology and Biochemistry.66:229-238


Griffis, T.J., X. Lee, J.M. Baker, M.P. Russelle, X. Zhang, R.T. Venterea and D.B. Millet. 2013. Reconciling the differences between top-down and bottom-up estimates of nitrous oxide emissions for the US Corn Belt. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 27: doi:10.1002/gbc.20066d


Venterea, R.T.  2013.  Theoretical comparison of advanced methods for calculating nitrous oxide fluxes using non-steady state chambers. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 77:709-720.


Van Kessel, C., R. Venterea, J. Six, M.A. Adviento-Borbe, B. Linquist and K.J. Van Groeningen. 2013. Climate, duration, and N Placement determine N2O emissions in reduced tillage systems: a meta-analysis.Global Change Biol. 19, 33-44.




Post, W.M. and R.T. Venterea. 2012. Managing biogeochemical cycles to reduce greenhouse gases. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 10: 511.


Dijkstra, F.A., S.A. Prior, G. B. Runion, H. A. Torber, H. Tian, C. Luand R.T. Venterea. 2012. Effects of elevated CO2 and warming on methane and nitrous oxide fluxes: evidence from field experiments. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 10:520-527.


Cavigelli, M., S.J. Del Grosso, M.A. Liebig, C.S. Snyder, P. Fixen, R.T. Venterea, A.B. Leytem, J.E. McLain, and D.B. Watts. 2012. Agricultural N2O emissions: Context, status and trajectory. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 10:537-546.


Venterea, R.T., A.D. Halvorson, N.R. Kitchen, M.A. Liebig, S.J. Del Grosso, M.A. Cavigelli, P.P. Motavalli, K.A. Nelson, K.A. Spokas, B.P. Singh, C.E. Stewart, A. Ranaivoson, J. Strock and  H.P. Collins, H.P. 2012. Challenges and opportunities for mitigating nitrous oxide emissions from fertilized cropping systems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 10:562-570.


Decock, C., H. Chung, R.T. Venterea, S.B. Gray, A.D.B. Leakey and J. Six. 2012. Elevated CO2 and O3 modify N turnover rates, but not N2O emissions.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 51(1): 104-114.


Parkin, T.B., R.T. Venterea and S.K. Hargreaves.  2012. Calculating the detection limits of chamber-based soil greenhouse gas flux measurements. J. Environ. Qual.41(3):705-715.


Bierman, P., C.J. Rosen, R.T. Venterea and J. Lamb.  2012. Survey of nitrogen fertilizer use on corn in Minnesota. Agricultural Systems. 109: 43-52.


Venterea, R.T. and T.B. Parkin. 2012. Quantifying biases in non-steady state chamber measurements of soil-atmosphere gas exchange. In, Managing Agricultural Greenhouse Gases M. Liebig, et al. (Eds.). Elsevier.


Venterea, R.T., Parkin, T.B., Cardenas, L., Petersen, S.O., Petersen, A.R. 2012. Data analysis considerations (Chapter 6) Version 1.In: Deklein, C., Harvey, M., editors. Nitrous Oxide Chamber Methodology Guidelines. Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Note: A revised version of the above chapter is available in Version 1.1 of the entire volume which was updated July 2015.





Venterea, R.T., B. Maharjan and M.S. Dolan. 2011.Fertilizer source and tillage effects on yield-scaled nitrous oxide emissions in a corn cropping system. J. Environ. Qual.40:1521-1531.


Fujinuma, R., R.T. Venterea and C. Rosen. 2011. Broadcast urea reduces N2O emissions but increases NO emissions compared with conventional and shallow-applied anhydrous ammonia in a coarse-textured soil. J. Environ. Qual. 40:1806-1815.



Venterea, R.T., C.R. Hyatt and C.J. Rosen 2011. Fertilizer management effects on nitrate leaching and indirect nitrous oxide emissions in irrigated potato production. J. Environ. Qual. 40:1103-1112.


Burger, M. and R.T. Venterea. 2011. Effects of nitrogen fertilizer types on nitrous oxide emissions.In, L. Guo et al. (eds.) Understanding Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agricultural Management. ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2011.




Venterea, R.T. 2010.Simplified method for quantifying theoretical underestimation of chamber-based trace gas fluxes. J. Environ. Qual. 39:126-135.  [Supplemental Excel Worksheet]


Venterea, R.T., M. S. Dolan, and T.E. Ochsner. 2010.  Urea decreases N2O emissions compared with anhydrous ammonia in a Minnesota corn cropping system.  Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 74:407-418.


Hyatt, C.R., R.T. Venterea, C.J. Rosen, M. McNearney, M.L. Wilson, and M.S. Dolan. 2010. Polymer-coated urea maintains potato yields and reduces N2O emissions in a Minnesota loamy sand. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 74:419-428.



Heller, H., A. Bar-Tal, G. Tamir, R.T. Venterea, D.Chen, Y. Zhang, E.C. Clapp, P. Bloom, and P. Fine. 2010. Effects of manure and cultivation on CO2 and N2O emissions from a corn field under Mediterranean conditions. J. Environ. Qual. v. 39 (In press)


Parkin,T.B., and R.T. Venterea. 2010. USDA-ARS GRACEnet Project Protocols, Chapter 3. Chamber-based trace gas flux measurements. In: Follett, R.F. (ed). Sampling Protocols. Beltsville, MD. p. 1-39.




Venterea, R.T., K.A. Spokas and J.M. Baker. 2009. Accuracy and precision analysis of chamber-based nitrous oxide gas flux estimates. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 73:1087-1093.Accuracy and precision worksheetInstructions for using worksheet


Berryman, E.M., R.T. Venterea, J.M. Baker and P.R. Bloom. 2009. Phosphorus and greenhouse gas dynamics in drained calcareous wetland soils of Minnesota. J. Environ. Qual. 38(5): 2148-2159.



Bavin, T.K., T J. Griffis, J.M. Baker, and R.T. Venterea. 2009.  Impacts of land management on the greenhouse gas budget of two alternatively managed ecosystems. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 134:234-242



Clark, C.M., S. Hobbie, R.T. Venterea and D. Tilman. 2009. Long-lasting effects on N cycling 12 years after treatments cease despite minimal N retention. Global Change Biology, 15(7):1755-1766.


Gu, C., F. Maggi, W.J. Riley, G.M. Hornberger, T. Xu, C.M. Oldenburg, N. Spycher, N.L. Miller, R.T. Venterea, and C.I. Steefel. 2009. Aqueous and gaseous nitrogen losses induced by fertilizer application. J. Geophys. Res.-Biogeosc. 114, G01006, doi:10.1029/2008JG000788.


Moncrief, J.F., A.Z. Ranaivoson, R.T. Venterea, and M.A. Dittrich. 2009. Evaluation of Woodchip Bioreactors for Improving Water Quality in Agricultural Drainage Waters.Final report: 2008-2009 submitted to Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, State of Minnesota.



Akdeniz, N., L.D. Jacobson, B.P. Hetchler, R.T. Venterea, and K.A. Spokas. 2009. Measurement of nitrous oxide concentrations from Wisconsin dairy barns. Paper no. 096595, Proc. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual Meeting, June 21-24, Reno, NV.


Venterea, R.T. 2009.Book review of Metz, B. et al. (eds) Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change, Vol. III of the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press.J. Environ. Qual. 38:837.




Venterea, R.T. and A.J. Stanenas. 2008. Profile analysis and modeling of reduced tillage effects on soil nitrous oxide flux. J. Environ. Qual. 37:1360-1367.


Venterea, R.T. and J.M. Baker. 2008. Effects of soil physical nonuniformity on chamber-based gas flux estimates.  Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 72:1410-1417.


Burger M. and R.T. Venterea. 2008. Nitrogen immobilization and mineralization kinetics of cattle, hog and turkey manure applied to soil.  Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 72:1570-1579.


Maggi, F, C. Gu, W.J. Riley, G.M. Hornberger, R.T. Venterea, T. Xu, N. Spycher, C. Steefel, N.L. Miller and C.M. Oldenburg. 2008. A mechanistic treatment of the dominant soil nitrogen cycling processes: Model development, testing, and application.  J. Geophys. Res.-Biogeosci. 113, G02016, doi:10.1029/ 2007JG000578.


Venterea, R.T., J.S. Strock, and C.J. Rosen. 2008. Agricultural management effects on nitrous oxide gas emissions. Proceedings from the University of Minnesota Soil and Water Management Field Day.




Venterea, R.T. 2007.  Nitrite-driven nitrous oxide production under aerobic soil conditions: Kinetics and biochemical controls. Global Change Biology 13, 1798-1809.


Baker, J.M., T.E. Ochsner, R.T. Venterea and T.J. Griffis. 2007. Tillage and soil carbon sequestration - What do we really know ?  Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment 118: 1-5.




Venterea, R.T., J.M. Baker, M.S. Dolan and K.A. Spokas. 2006. Soil carbon and nitrogen storage are greater under biennial tillage in a Minnesota corn-soybean rotation. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 70: 1752-1762.


Groffman, P.M., R.T. Venterea, L. Verchot, and C. Potter.2006. Landscape and regional scale studies of nitrogen gas fluxes.pp.191-203 , In Wu J., Jones B., Li H., and Loucks, O. (Eds.), Scaling and Uncertainty Analysis in Ecology:Methods and Applications. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. (Book chapter)




Chen, D., J.A.E. Molina, C. E. Clapp, R.T. Venterea and A.J. Palazzo. 2005. Corn root influence on automated measurement of soil carbon dioxide concentrations. Soil Science. 70:779-787.


Venterea, R.T., M. Burger, and K.A. Spokas. 2005. Nitrogen oxide and methane emissions under varying tillage and fertilizer management. Journal of Environmental Quality. 34:1467-1477.


Spokas, K.A., D. Wang, R.T. Venterea, and M. Sadowsky. 2005. Mechanisms of N2O production following chloropicrin fumigation. Applied Soil Ecology. 31:101-109.


Johnson, J.M.F., D.C.  Reicosky, R.R. Allmaras, T.J. Sauer, R.T. Venterea, and C.J. Dell.  2005. Greenhouse gas contributions and mitigation potential of agriculture in the central USA.  Soil and Tillage Research. 83(1):73-94.


Venterea, R.T., D.E. Rolston, Z.G.Cardon. 2005.  Effects of soil moisture, physical and chemical characteristics on abiotic nitric oxide production.  Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. 72:27-40.


Spokas, K.A., D. Wang, and R.T.Venterea. 2005. Greenhouse gas production and emission from a forest nursery soil following fumigation with chloropicrin and methyl isothiocyanate.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 37:475-485.


Derner, J.D., G.E. Schuman, M.D. Jawson, S.R. Shafer, J.A. Morgan, H.W. Polley, G. B. Runion, S.A. Prior, H.A. Torbert, H.H. Rogers, J. Bunce, L. Ziska, J.W. White, A.J. Franzluebbers, J.D. Reeder, R.T. Venterea and L.A. Harper. 2005. USDA-ARS global change research on rangelands and pasturelands. Rangelands. 27(5):36-42.




Venterea, R.T., P.M. Groffman, M. Castro, L. Verchot, I. Fernandez, and M. Adams. 2004. Soil emissions of nitric oxide in two forest watersheds subjected to elevated N inputs.  Forest Ecology and Management.  196:335-349.


Venterea, R.T., P.M. Groffman, L. Verchot, A. Magill, J. Aber. 2004. Gross nitrogen process rates in temperate forest soils exhibiting symptoms of nitrogen saturation.  Forest Ecology and Management. 196:129-142.


Strock, J.S., J.A. Magner, W.B. Richardson, M.J. Sadowsky, G.R. Sands, and R.T. Venterea. 2004. Variability of hydrologic regimes and morphology in constructed open-ditch channels.In R. A. Cooke (ed). Drainage VIII. Proc. Eight Int. Drainage Symp. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI. Sacramento, CA. 21-24 March 2004. (Symposium Proceedings)




Fitzhugh, R.D., G.M. Lovett, and R.T. Venterea.  2003. Biotic and abiotic immobilization of nitrogen in soils under different tree species of the Catskill Mountains, New York. Global Change Biology. 9:1591-1601.


Altevogt, A., D.E. Rolston, and R.T. Venterea. 2003. Density and pressure effects on the transport of gas-phase chemicals in unsaturated porous media. Water Resources Research. 39:1061-1071.


Venterea, R.T., P.M. Groffman, L.V. Verchot, A.H. Magill, J.D. Aber and P.A. Steudler.  2003. Nitrogen oxide gas emissions from temperate forest soils receiving long-term nitrogen inputs.  Global Change Biology. 6: 303- 316.


Venterea, R.T., G.L. Lovett, P.M. Groffman, and P.A. Schwarz. 2003. Landscape patterns of net nitrification in a northern hardwood-conifer forest.  Soil Science Society of America Journal. 67:527-539.




Venterea, R.T. and D.E. Rolston. 2002. Nitrogen oxide trace gas transport and transformation: II. Model simulations compared with data.  Soil Science. 167:49-61.


Venterea, R.T. and D.E. Rolston. 2002. Nitrogen oxide trace gas transport and transformation: I. Evaluation of data from intact soil cores. Soil Science. 167:35-48.




Rolston, D.E. and R.T. Venterea. 2001. Gaseous loss of oxides of nitrogen from the agricultural nitrogen cycle.Proceedings of the 2001 Dahlia Greidinger Symposium: Fertilisers and Resource Management for Food Security, Quality and the Environment, International Fertiliser Society, Portugal. No. 464. March 2001.




Venterea, R.T. and D.E. Rolston. 2000. Mechanistic modeling of nitrite accumulation and nitrogen oxide gas emissions during nitrification. J. Environmental Quality. 29:1741-1751.


Venterea, R.T. and D.E. Rolston. 2000. Nitric and nitrous oxide emissions following fertilizer application to agricultural soil: Biotic and abiotic mechanisms and kinetics. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. 105:15117-15129.


Venterea, R.T. and D.E. Rolston. 2000. Mechanisms and kinetics of nitric and nitrous oxide production during nitrification in agricultural soil. Global Change Biology. 6:303-316.


Venterea, R.T. 2000. Nitrogen oxide gas transformation and transport in agricultural soil: Mechanisms, kinetics and modeling. Ph.D. Dissertation. Dept.Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California-Davis. 165 pp. (Ph.D. Dissertation)





Rolston, D.E. and R.T. Venterea. 1999. Book review of Jarvis, S.C. and B.F. Pain, Gaseous Nitrogen Emissions from Grasslands. CAB International, Wallingford, UK, in European Journal of Soil Science, 50: 173-180. (Book Review)


Venterea, R.T., R.J. Hicks, and R.F. Lewis. 1995. Comparison of three lignin degrading fungi for degrading cyclodiene insecticides. In: Bioaugmentation for Site Remediation, eds. Hinchee, R.E., J. Fredrickson, and B.C. Alleman. Battelle Press, Columbus, Ohio, pp. 157-164. (Book Chapter)


Lewis, R. and R.T. Venterea. 1994. Below-grade bioremediation of chlorinated cyclodiene insecticides.  SITE Program Technology Profiles, U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development, EPA/540/R-94/526. (Technical Bulletin).


Moore, A. and R.T. Venterea. 1991. Bioremediation of contaminated groundwater in a fixed film bioreactor. Proceedings of New England Environmental Exposition, , Boston, MA. 21-23 May 1991. (Conference Proceedings).


Venterea, R.T. and M. Findlay. 1991. Biofiltration for the treatment of air streams contaminated with jet fuel vapors. Proceedings of New England Environmental Exposition, Boston, MA. 21-23 May. (Conference Proceedings).


Venterea, R. T. and M. Findlay. 1991. A gas/solid biofilter for treating jet fuel-contaminated vapors.  Report to U.S. Air Force Engineering and ServicesCenter, Cambridge Analytical Assoc., contract no. F08635-88-C-0211. (Technical Report)


Venterea, R.T. 1990. In-situ biodegradation of electro-osmosis process water.  Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Lowell.  80 pp. (M.S. Thesis)

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