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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-707-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-707-2016
Research article
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04 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 04 Feb 2016

The fate of 15N-nitrate in mesocosms from five European peatlands differing in long-term nitrogen deposition rate

K. Zając and C. Blodau

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Peatlands have been exposed to nitrogen (N) deposition in Europe for decades. In this greenhouse study we investigated how N concentration and mobility in plants and peat have responded by sampling five sites across Europe and experimentally depositing labeled nitrogen on samples in a greenhouse. The peat moss retained its ability to absorb labeled nitrogen, but in the polluted sites more of it reached the deeper peat and was taken up by shrubs and grasses, indicating increased mobility of N.
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