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Grazing and nitrous oxide

Most emissions of nitrous oxide from semi-arid, temperate grasslands usually occur during the spring thaw. The effects that grazing has on plant litter and snow cover dramatically reduce these seasonal emissions.

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Figure 1: Contrasts in grazed and ungrazed grassland, January 2008.



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