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Soil Carbon Alterations with Management Changes

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Cultivation generally leads to reduction of soil organic carbon, which, without offsetting practices, is exacerbated by corn-stover removal. A mechanistic understanding of long-term harvesting effects on soil fertility and other aspects of sustainability is essential for predictive models and monitoring procedures.

Credit or Source: W. W. Wilhelm, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Citation(s):

U.S. DOE. 2006. Breaking the Biological Barriers to Cellulosic Ethanol: A Joint Research Agenda, DOE/SC/EE-0095, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. (p. 69) (website)

Prepared by the Biological and Environmental Research Information System, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, genomicscience.energy.gov/ and genomics.energy.gov/.