Nitrogen Mineralization-Immobilization Turnover

Authored by: Jeanette M. Norton , Joshua P. Schimel

Handbook of Soil Sciences Properties and Processes

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  November  2011

Print ISBN: 9781439803059
eBook ISBN: 9781439803066
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b11267-44

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Abstract

The N cycle is complex and seemingly becoming more so with new processes being discovered regularly, but the core of the cycle remains the transformations between organic and inorganic nitrogen (N) (Schimel and Bennett, 2004). These transformations regulate critical ecosystem processes including plant growth, trace gas emissions, and NO3 leaching into ground and surface waters. They impact either directly or indirectly almost all the processes involved in the N cycle. Research focused on a wide variety of topics is needed to adequately assess the dynamics of the transformation of N between organic and inorganic forms. However, the best approach to understanding these processes is not always obvious and will vary depending on the specific study objectives.

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