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- Soana, Elisa; Balestrini, Raffaella; Vincenzi, Fabio; Bartoli, Marco; Castaldelli, Giuseppe
- Agriculture, ecosystems & environment 2017 v.243 pp. 74-82
- aquatic plants; aquifers; biocenosis; biofilm; denitrification; eutrophication; groundwater; isotopes; microbial growth; nitrate reduction; nitrates; nitrogen; pollution; rivers; sediments; soil; surface water; vegetation; Italy
- ... In permeable soils, excess nitrate from agriculture is transported vertically and accumulates in aquifers. However, it can come back to the surface via groundwater movement and pollute watercourses. We hypothesized that vegetated ditches may mitigate significant amounts of nitrate from spring waters, and represent a buffer system to protect downstream water bodies from eutrophication. To test this ...