Nexus of grazing management with plant and soil properties in northern China grasslands

Li Wang, Limin Luan, Fujiang Hou, Kadambot H. M. Siddique

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Abstract

Grasslands provide habitats for living organisms and livelihoods for similar to 800 million people globally. Many grasslands in developing countries are severely degraded. Some measures have been taken to curb the trend of degradation for decades. It is important to determine how decade-long rejuvenation efforts affected grassland ecosystems. We identified 65 data-rich studies based on six criteria, from >2500 relevant publications, and generated a dataset with 997 rows and 12 variables. The dataset covers different grazing intensities (grazing exclusion, light, moderate, and heavy grazing) and their impacts on plant traits (vegetation coverage, aboveground and root biomass, and plant diversity) and soil physiochemical properties (bulk density, moisture content, organic C, total and available N, total and available P, C:N ratio, and pH). The dataset could be used to (i) quantify the effectiveness of rejuvenation processes by determining the impact on plant community and soil properties, (ii) perform comprehensive analyses to elucidate large-picture effects of grazing management and rejuvenation, and (iii) analyze the impact of grass-climate-soil-human interactions on grassland ecosystem sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number39
Number of pages12
JournalScientific Data
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2020

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