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The Agricultural Management Effects on Carbon Sequestration in Eastern Canada

  • M. R. Carter
  • D. A. Angers
  • E. G. Gregorich
  • R. G. Donald
  • C. M. Monreal
  • R. P. Voroney
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 23)

Summary

Soil can function as both a source and a sink for atmospheric carbon. These functions are greatly influenced by agricultural management practices. Organic matter plays a key role in soil quality and productivity. The quantity of soil organic carbon and nitrogen provides a gross measurement of a soil’s total inventory of organic matter. Changing land use, specifically the shift from natural vegetation to arable agriculture, usually results in a release of soil carbon to the atmosphere which can influence the atmospheric burden of CO2 globally (Davidson and Ackerman, 1993).

Keywords

Soil Organic Carbon Microbial Biomass Soil Carbon Microbial Biomass Carbon Organic Matter Fraction 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Carter
    • 1
  • D. A. Angers
    • 2
  • E. G. Gregorich
    • 3
  • R. G. Donald
    • 4
  • C. M. Monreal
    • 3
  • R. P. Voroney
    • 5
  1. 1.Research BranchAgriculture CanadaCharlottetownCanada
  2. 2.Ste. FoyAgriculture CanadaCanada
  3. 3.Agriculture CanadaOttawaCanada
  4. 4.Nova Scotia Agricultural CollegeTruro, Nova ScotiaCanada
  5. 5.Department of Land Resource ScienceUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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