Study traces nitrogen fertilizer hot spots

Study traces nitrogen fertilizer hot spots

New study improves understanding of nitrogen's greenhouse gas impacts and opens door to maximizing crop benefit while minimizing climate footprint.

When it comes to the environment, nitrogen fertilizer is a two-edged sword. Applied in the right place in the right amount, it can dramatically increase crop productivity, reducing the need to clear more land to feed a growing population. Applied too heavily, however, it turns into nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas.

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