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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