Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
SOIL, 6, 523–539, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-6-523-2020
SOIL, 6, 523–539, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-6-523-2020

Original research article 05 Nov 2020

Original research article | 05 Nov 2020

Nitrogen availability determines the long-term impact of land use change on soil carbon stocks in grasslands of southern Ghana

John Kormla Nyameasem et al.

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Nitrogen availability determines the long-term impact of land-use change on soil carbon stocks in Ghana. Figshare, Dataset John Kormla Nyameasem, Thorsten Reinsch, Friedhelm Taube, Charles Yaw Fosu Domozoro, Esther Marfo-Ahenkora, Iraj Emadodin and Carsten Stefan Malisch https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.12016158.v1

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Long-term studies on the impact of land use change and crop selection on soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks in sub-Saharan Africa are scarce. Accordingly, this study analysed the impact of converting natural grasslands to a range of low-input production systems in a tropical savannah on SOC stocks. Apart from the cultivation of legume tree and/or shrub species, all land management techniques were detrimental. Grazed grasslands in particular had almost 50 % less SOC than natural grasslands.