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Research article
03 Jun 2015
Research article |  | 03 Jun 2015

Positive trends in organic carbon storage in Swedish agricultural soils due to unexpected socio-economic drivers

C. Poeplau, M. A. Bolinder, J. Eriksson, M. Lundblad, and T. Kätterer


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Soil carbon dynamics of the past 2 decades in Swedish agricultural soils were assessed using three consecutive soil inventories. We found a significant increase in country-wide soil carbon concentrations, which is in contrast to trends reported in neighbouring countries. We explained this by a significant rise of the proportion of leys in Swedish agriculture, which was found to be strongly related to the increase in horse population. Human lifestyle can affect soil carbon.
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