Exploiting heterogeneity of soil organic matter in rangelands: Benefits for carbon sequestration

S. B. Bird, J. E. Herrick, M. M. Wander

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Abstract

Soil organic matter (SOM) has a large influence on the long-term sustainability of soil systems and the ecosystems and landscapes they support (Follett et al., 1987). SOM conservation and enhancement have positive effects on plant nutrient status, soil structure, and soil water holding capacity (DeJong et al., 1983; Soane, 1990; Kern and Johnson, 1993). The beneficial impacts of these factors on plant productivity create a positive feedback loop between net primary production (NPP) and C sequestration (Fig. 5.1).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Potential of U.S. Grazing Lands to Sequester Carbon and Mitigate the Greenhouse Effect
PublisherCRC Press
Pages121-138
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781420032468
ISBN (Print)9781566705547
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences

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