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Applied and Environmental Soil Science
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 715916, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/715916
Research Article

Surface-Applied Biosolids Enhance Soil Organic Carbon and Nitrogen Stocks but Have Contrasting Effects on Soil Physical Quality

1Agroecosystem Management Research Unit, United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), 137 Keim Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-0937, USA
2Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory, USDA-ARS, 808 East Blackland Road, Temple, TX 76502-6712, USA
3Resource Assessment Division, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 808 East Blackland Road, Temple, TX 76502-6712, USA

Received 19 September 2014; Revised 10 November 2014; Accepted 10 November 2014

Academic Editor: Leonid Perelomov

Copyright © 2015 Virginia L. Jin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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