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Press Release 12-133

Scientists Develop New Carbon Accounting Method to Reduce Farmers' Use of Nitrogen Fertilizer

Large amounts of nitrogen fertilizer lead to nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, in the atmosphere

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A farmer on a tractor tending to an agricultural crop.

Agricultural crops are studied in experiments at NSF's Kellogg Biological Station LTER site.

Credit: Julie Doll, NSF KBS LTER Site


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An aerial view of farmland.

Scientists at the KBS LTER site research agriculture and climate change.

Credit: Kurt Stepnitz


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An aerial view of agriculture experiments.

An aerial view of agriculture experiments at the Kellogg Biological Station.

Credit: Kurt Stepnitz


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Dawn breaks over fields.

Dawn breaks over fields, some fertilized, some not, at the KBS site.

Credit: Julie Doll, NSF KBS LTER Site


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A field with trees on the horizon.

Research on fields in all stages of ecological succession is conducted at KBS.

Credit: Julie Doll, NSF KBS LTER Site


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A soybean crop with farm equipment.

Where does nitrogen fertilizer go? Studies of crops hold answers.

Credit: Julie Doll, NSF KBS LTER Site


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