Articles | Volume 12, issue 15
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-4831-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-4831-2015
Research article
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14 Aug 2015
Research article |  | 14 Aug 2015

Ground cover rice production systems increase soil carbon and nitrogen stocks at regional scale

M. Liu, M. Dannenmann, S. Lin, G. Saiz, G. Yan, Z. Yao, D. E. Pelster, H. Tao, S. Sippel, Y. Tao, Y. Zhang, X. Zheng, Q. Zuo, and K. Butterbach-Bahl

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We demonstrate for the first time that a ground cover rice production system (GCRPS) significantly increased soil organic C and total N stocks at spatially representative paired sites under varying edaphic conditions. Our results suggest that GCRPS is a stable and sustainable technique that maintains key soil functions, while increasing rice yield and expanding the cultivation into regions where it has been hampered by low seasonal temperatures and/or a lack of irrigation water.
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