Surface Water: Nitrogen Fertilizer Pollution

Authored by: Gregory McIsaac

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
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For centuries farmers practiced mixed cropping of leguminous and non-leguminous plants without knowing the basis of the empirically observed benefit from the practice. In 1838, it was first recognized that leguminous plants could utilize nitrogen (N2) from the air. This entry explores this process.

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