Nitrogen mineralization and assimilation at millimeter scales.

@article{Myrold2011NitrogenMA,
  title={Nitrogen mineralization and assimilation at millimeter scales.},
  author={David D. Myrold and Jennifer Pett-Ridge and Peter J. Bottomley},
  journal={Methods in enzymology},
  year={2011},
  volume={496},
  pages={91-114}
}
The assimilation (uptake or immobilization) of inorganic nitrogen (N) and the production of ammonium (NH(4)(+)) from organic N compounds are universal functions of microorganisms, and the balance between these two processes is tightly regulated by the relative demands of microbes for N and carbon (C). In a heterogeneous environment, such as soils, bulk measurements of N mineralization or immobilization do not reflect the variation of these two processes in different microhabitats (1μm-1mm). Our… CONTINUE READING

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