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Holding a Nitrogen Grudge

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Science  27 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5355, pp. 1308
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5355.1308a

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Researchers presented provocative new evidence at the meeting suggesting that land use decades ago dictates how forests today absorb and release nutrients. Contrary to theory, a biogeochemist has found that forests that have had high levels of nitrogen deposition over time are able to absorb more of the element, while forests that have been relatively nitrogen-starved cannot.