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Volume 14, issue 24 | Copyright
Biogeosciences, 14, 5633-5646, 2017
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Research article 14 Dec 2017

Research article | 14 Dec 2017

The effects of burning and grazing on soil carbon dynamics in managed Peruvian tropical montane grasslands

Viktoria Oliver et al.
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Fire occurrence in the Peruvian montane grasslands has increased due to climate change and agricultural expansion. This study aimed to investigate how anthropogenic activities affect soil carbon stocks in this ecosystem. Burn history (burnt 10 years ago) and grazing appeared to cause no significant change in total soil carbon, but there were significant losses to the labile carbon, suggesting a change in the soil carbon dynamics – findings that are relevant for future environmental policymakers.
Fire occurrence in the Peruvian montane grasslands has increased due to climate change and...