Heterotrophic nitrification is the predominant NO3 − production pathway in acid coniferous forest soil in subtropical China

@article{Zhang2012HeterotrophicNI,
  title={Heterotrophic nitrification is the predominant NO3 − production pathway in acid coniferous forest soil in subtropical China},
  author={Yanchen Zhang and Jinbo Zhang and Tianzhu Meng and Tongbin Zhu and Christoph M{\"u}ller and Zucong C. Cai},
  journal={Biology and Fertility of Soils},
  year={2012},
  volume={49},
  pages={955-957}
}
To date, occurrence and stimulation of different nitrification pathways in acidic soils remains unclear. Laboratory incubation experiments, using the acetylene inhibition and 15N tracing methods, were conducted to study the relative importance of heterotrophic and autotrophic nitrification in two acid soils (arable (AR) and coniferous forest) in subtropical China, and to verify the reliability of the 15N tracing model. The gross rate of autotrophic nitrification was 2.28 mg kg−1 day−1, while… CONTINUE READING

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