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Effects of grassland management intensification on dynamics of soil organic carbon and nitrogen in temperate grassland soils
In Germany, about one third of the agricultural area is managed as permanent grassland. The predominant use of permanent grassland in Germany is mostly the production of fodder for meat or milk production, achieved by grazing or mowing. In addition, an increased demand for biomass to produce renewable energy has influenced grassland management in the last decade. Until 2013, a continuous decrease in grassland due to grassland conversion was recorded (from 2003 to 2013, by a total of about 5 %). The reduction in ...