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Stikstof en biodiversiteit : een onverzoenbaar duo

An De Schrijver (UGent) , Andreas Demey (UGent) , Pieter De Frenne (UGent) , Stephanie Schelfhout (UGent) , Jenna Vergeynst (UGent) , Pallieter De Smedt (UGent) and Kris Verheyen (UGent)
(2013) NATUUR.FOCUS. 12(3). p.92-102
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During the past decades the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen was drastically disturbed as a consequence of high nitrogen depositions. Consequently many ecosystems evolved from being nitrogen limited to nitrogen saturated. The worldwide loss of biodiversity was among other causes linked to these increased amounts of nitrogen cycling in ecosystems. In grassland and heathland, growth of some fast-growing species (frequently grasses) has increased at the expense of other lower statured and more sensitive species (mainly forbs and mosses), resulting in decreased species densities. In forests the response of the herbal vegetation layer on nitrogen depositions is more variable and depends among other variables on light availability. The loss of plant species seems to be related to the cumulative amount of nitrogen that was deposited during the past decades. The increased amounts of biomass and the denser vegetation structures also affects the faunal community. For restoration purposes management measures have to be focused on a significant removal of nitrogen from ecosystems in comparison to the actual input through atmospheric depositions. Furthermore, managers have to be aware that restoration measures don’t cause other negative effects as e.g. soil acidification.
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biodiversity, nitrogen, nature restoration

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De Schrijver, An, Andreas Demey, Pieter De Frenne, Stephanie Schelfhout, Jenna Vergeynst, Pallieter De Smedt, and Kris Verheyen. 2013. “Stikstof En Biodiversiteit : Een Onverzoenbaar Duo.” Natuur.focus 12 (3): 92–102.
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De Schrijver, An, Demey, A., De Frenne, P., Schelfhout, S., Vergeynst, J., De Smedt, P., & Verheyen, K. (2013). Stikstof en biodiversiteit : een onverzoenbaar duo. NATUUR.FOCUS, 12(3), 92–102.
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De Schrijver A, Demey A, De Frenne P, Schelfhout S, Vergeynst J, De Smedt P, et al. Stikstof en biodiversiteit : een onverzoenbaar duo. NATUUR.FOCUS. 2013;12(3):92–102.
MLA
De Schrijver, An, Andreas Demey, Pieter De Frenne, et al. “Stikstof En Biodiversiteit : Een Onverzoenbaar Duo.” NATUUR.FOCUS 12.3 (2013): 92–102. Print.
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  title        = {Stikstof en biodiversiteit : een onverzoenbaar duo},
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