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Plant-microbial linkages and ecosystem N retention: lessons for sustainable agriculture

De Vries, Franciska and Bardgett, Richard (2012) Plant-microbial linkages and ecosystem N retention: lessons for sustainable agriculture. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10 (8). pp. 425-432. ISSN 1540-9295

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Abstract

The use of nitrogen (N) in fertilizer has doubled the amount of reactive N in the biosphere, leading to increased greenhouse-gas emissions and nutrient enrichment in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Despite the global impact of N, many uncertainties exist about the factors that determine the loss and retention of fertilizer-associated N in terrestrial ecosystems. A growing body of evidence shows that linkages between plants and soil microbes play a major role in controlling the loss and retention of N. The promotion of such plant–microbial linkages in agricultural systems has the potential to enhance N retention and reduce N loss. Although trade-offs with agricultural yield are inevitable, promoting plant–microbial linkages will reap benefits in terms of plant crop resistance to climate change as well as to pests and diseases.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 52375
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2012 10:24
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:02
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/52375

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