Articles | Volume 13, issue 19
Biogeosciences, 13, 5433–5452, 2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 5433–5452, 2016

Research article 30 Sep 2016

Research article | 30 Sep 2016

Quantifying nitrogen losses in oil palm plantations: models and challenges

Lénaïc Pardon et al.

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Oil palm is the most rapidly expanding tropical perennial crop, which raises environmental concerns, notably related to the use of nitrogen fertilisers and consequent pollution. We tested existing models to estimate N losses in plantations. Results were highly variable and highlighted the remaining challenges to improve the reliability of these models in order to steer towards more sustainable practices.
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