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Nitrogen Deposition and Reduction of Terrestrial Biodiversity: Evidence from temperate grasslands

Dise, Nancy B. and Stevens, C. J. (2005). Nitrogen Deposition and Reduction of Terrestrial Biodiversity: Evidence from temperate grasslands. Science in China Series C: Life Sciences, 48(2) pp. 720–728.

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Biodiversity is thought to be essential for ecosystem stability, function and long-term sustainability. Since nitrogen is the limiting nutrient for plant growth in many terrestrial ecosystems, reactive nitrogen has the potential to reduce the diversity of terrestrial vegetation and associated biota through favouring species adapted to quickly exploiting available nutrients. Although the potential has long been recognised, only recently has enough evidence come together to show beyond reasonable doubt that these changes are already occurring. Linked together, experimental, regional/empirical, and time-series research provide a powerful argument that enhanced deposition of reactive nitrogen across Great Britain, and potentially the rest of Europe, has resulted in a significant and ongoing decline in grassland species richness and diversity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2005 Science in China Press
ISSN: 1862-2798
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Item ID: 19059
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Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2009 14:07
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 20:01
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