Articles | Volume 13, issue 17
Research article
09 Sep 2016
Research article |  | 09 Sep 2016

Long-term nutrient fertilization and the carbon balance of permanent grassland: any evidence for sustainable intensification?

Dario A. Fornara, Elizabeth-Anne Wasson, Peter Christie, and Catherine J. Watson


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (04 Aug 2016) by Michael Bahn
AR by Dario Fornara on behalf of the Authors (06 Aug 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Aug 2016) by Michael Bahn
RR by Louis Schipper (15 Aug 2016)
ED: Publish as is (29 Aug 2016) by Michael Bahn
Short summary
This study demonstrates that intensively managed agricultural grasslands can sequester significant amounts of carbon in soils, especially under long-term applications of cattle slurries. There is also evidence that soil carbon sequestration can contribute to offset between 9 % and 25 % of total greenhouse gas emissions associated with the management of permanent grassland. However, to make livestock-based grassland systems more sustainable, further carbon-gain efficiencies are required.
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