Nitrogen transformations in an aerobic soil as determined by a 15NH4+ dilution technique

T. Nishio, T. Kanamori, T. Fujimoto

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The rates of mineralization, immobilization and oxidation of N in an aerobic soil, an Andosol Brown, from the farm of the Hokkaido National Agricultural Experiment Station were simultaneously determined in the presence and absence of acetylene using a 15NH+4 dilution technique. C2H2 inhibited nitrification, but did not directly affect mineralization and immobilization. Denitrification and immobilization of NO3--N were negligible. Mineralization proceeded much faster than did immobilization. Net mineralization accounted for 22-59% of gross mineralization. The rates of N transformation at a water content of 60% were higher than those at 40%. The Q10 values for mineralization, immobilization and nitrification were estimated, between 11° and 29°C, to be 2.0, 1.9 and 1.7, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-154
Number of pages6
JournalSoil Biology and Biochemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Soil Science


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