Journal article

ESTIMATION OF NITRIFICATION RATES IN FLOODED SOILS

DL CHEN, PM CHALK, JR FRENEY, CJ SMITH, QX LUO

Microbial Ecology | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1995

Abstract

Three techniques for estimating nitrification rates in flooded soils were evaluated in short-term incubation experiments using three soils. The techniques were based on inhibition of either ammonium or nitrite oxidation and (13)N isotope dilution. Of four inhibitors of ammonium oxidation evaluated, one (allylthiourea) was ineffective and two (2-ethynylpyridine or phenyl acetylene dissolved in ethanol) promoted immobilization of ammonium. Emulsified 2-ethynylpyridine and acetylene were equally effective inhibitors of ammonium oxidation and had little or no effect on gross rates of N mineralization and immobilization. Four inhibitors of nitrite oxidation were evaluated, but this approach was c..

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