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Title: Pasture management to stabilize carbon and nitrogen in soil

item Franzluebbers, Alan

Submitted to: ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/1/2013
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

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Technical Abstract: Nitrogen is an essential element of agricultural productivity, but it has numerous mechanisms and opportunities for loss to the environment, which can threaten environmental quality. Stabilization of N in soil can be achieved through its direct coupling with C in soil organic matter. This presentation describes recent research on soil C and N changes under various pasture management systems. Carbon and N cycle through different fractions of organic matter – particulate, microbial biomass, and aggregate-associated. The influence of these different fractions on conservation of C and N in soil will be explored.