Nitrogen-use-efficiency: a biologically meaningful definition?

F. Berendse, R. Aerts

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A parameter to measure the efficiency of nitrogen use should include 1) the mean residence time of the N in the plant, ie the period during which the absorbed N can be used for C-fixation; and 2) the instantaneous rate of C-fixation per unit of N in the plant. It is essential to distinguish between these components of the nitrogen-use-efficiency, as they make 2 conflicting demands upon the N allocation within the plant.-
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-296
JournalFunctional Ecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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