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Longevity of White Clover (Trifolium repens) Leaves, Stolons and Roots, and Consequences for Nitrogen Dynamics under Northern Temperate Climatic Conditions

Sturite, I, T.M. Henriksen and T.A. Breland . 2007. Annals of Botany 100: 33-40

Abstract

White clover (Trifolium repens) is, due to nitrogen (N) fixation, important to the N dynamics of several northern temperate agroecosystems. This study aimed at monitoring growth and death of major white clover plant organs to assess their potential contribution to within-season N input and risk of offseason N losses.

Key Words

Harvesting, inorganic nitrogen, lifespan, leaves, main stolons, roots, Trifolium repens, turnover, white clover