Rasmussen, J.; Søegaard, K. and Eriksen, J. (2010) Biomass production and N2-fixation in seven grass-legume mixtures. Paper at: NJF Seminar 432, Hvanneryri, Iceland, 20-22 June.
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Inclusion of forage legumes in low-input grassland mixtures improves biomass production and soil fertility trough addition of nitrogen (N) from N2-fixation. The impacts of different mixture of legumes and companion grasses on the N production of the forage mixture have rarely been investigated under comparable soil and climatic conditions. We conducted a field experiment on a sandy soil at two nitrogen levels with seven two-species grassland mixtures: alfalfa (Medicago sativa), bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), red clover (Trifolium pratense), or white clover (Trifolium repens) in mixture with perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), and white clover in mixture with meadow fescue (Festuca pratensis), timothy (Phleum pratense), or hybrid ryegrass (Lolium hybridum). Red clover and alfalfa fixed 400-500 kg N ha-1 and bird ’s-foot trefoil just above 100 kg N ha-1 in aboveground biomass. The white clover N fixation was affected by the companion grass species and ranged from 150 to 175 kg N ha-1. Fertilization had different effects on N2-fixation among the legumes, but also significant effects on white clover N2-fixation depending on the companion grass species.
|EPrint Type:||Conference paper, poster, etc.|
|Type of presentation:||Paper|
|Subjects:|| Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions|
Soil > Nutrient turnover
|Research affiliation:||Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > ORGGRASS - Grass-clover in organic dairy farming|
|Deposited By:||Eriksen, Senior scientist Jørgen|
|Deposited On:||12 Oct 2010 11:26|
|Last Modified:||12 Oct 2010 11:26|
|Refereed:||Peer-reviewed and accepted|
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