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Causes of Delayed Nitrate Production in Two Indiana Forests

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An oak and a pine forest site in southern Indiana had elevated soil ammonium concentrations after an experimental disturbance but delayed nitrate production and loss. The causes of these delays were evaluated using laboratory experiments with amended soils. Neither added ammonium nor a combination of all other essential nutrients reduced the delays, but raising soil pH increased net nitrogen mineralization in both sites and nitrate production in the oak site. Adding an inoculum containing active nitrifying bacteria increased nitrate production in the pine forest floor. We concluded that the interaction of low soil pH and perhaps labile inhibitors of nitrification caused delayed nitrification in the oak site, while low initial populations of nitrifying bacteria caused delays in the pine site. Forest Sci. 31:122-131.
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Keywords: Oak forest; pine forest

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Entomology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27650, is currently at NASA--Ames Research Center, LX 239-12, Moffett Field, CA 94035

Publication date: 1985-03-01

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