Journal article

Growth of comammox Nitrospira is inhibited by nitrification inhibitors in agricultural soils

Chaoyu Li, Hang-Wei Hu, Qing-Lin Chen, Deli Chen, Ji-Zheng He

JOURNAL OF SOILS AND SEDIMENTS | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2020

Abstract

Purpose: The discovery of comammox Nitrospira being capable of complete oxidising ammonia to nitrate radically challenged the conventional concept of two-step nitrification. However, the response of comammox Nitrospira to nitrification inhibitors (NIs) and their role in soil nitrification remain largely unknown, which has hindered our ability to predict the efficiency of NIs in agroecosystems. Materials and methods: We evaluated the effect of four NIs, 2-chloro-6-(trichloromethyl) pyridine (nitrapyrin), 3,4-dimethylpyrazole phosphate (DMPP), allylthiourea (ATU) and dicyandiamide (DCD) on the growth of comammox Nitrospira, ammonia-oxidising archaea (AOA) and ammonia-oxidising bacteria (AOB) i..

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