Articles | Volume 15, issue 18
Biogeosciences, 15, 5519–5543, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-5519-2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 5519–5543, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-5519-2018

Research article 18 Sep 2018

Research article | 18 Sep 2018

Management matters: testing a mitigation strategy for nitrous oxide emissions using legumes on intensively managed grassland

Kathrin Fuchs et al.

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Replacing fertiliser nitrogen with biologically fixed nitrogen (BFN) through legumes has been suggested as a strategy for nitrous oxide (N2O) mitigation from intensively managed grasslands. On our site the mitigation strategy reduced N2O emissions by 54 % and 39 % in 2015 and 2016, while annual yields were similar under mitigation management. We conclude that N2O emissions can be effectively reduced without losses in yield by increasing the clover proportion and reducing fertilisation.
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