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Nitrogen Mysteries in Urban Grasslands
October 12, 2009
Urban grasslands are an extremely common, but poorly studied ecosystem type. Many receive high rates of fertilizer, creating concerns about nutrient runoff and greenhouse gas emissions. Recent research has focused on long-term study plots to evaluate multiple ecological variables in different components of the urban landscape.
American Society of Agronomy
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