The Agricultural Management Effects on Carbon Sequestration in Eastern Canada
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).
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