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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Effect of Nitrogen Volatilization on Soil Acidity Changes Due to Applied Nitrogen1


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  1. Vol. 24 No. 1, p. 45-47
    Received: May 27, 1959
    Accepted: Sept 18, 1959

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  1. A. E. Hiltbold and
  2. Fred Adams2



Nitrogen was applied as urea, NH4OH, (NH4)2SO4, (NH4)H2PO4, (NH4)2HPO4, NH4NO3, and NaNO3 to 10-, 20-, and 25-g. samples of soil and incubated under conditions favorable for nitrification. Glucose was added during incubation to supply energy for denitrification. The samples were later analyzed for pH, NH4+, NO2-, NO3-, and organic N. The final acidities and extent of nitrification and volatilization varied considerably, even among identically treated samples. Volatilization losses of N ranged from none to the entire amount applied.

The acidity resulting from nitrification was calculated for each sample and compared to actual acidity. The difference between calculated and observed acidity was accounted for by equivalent N volatilization. This relationship was obtained with 3 soils regardless of the N source applied and the probable gaseous form of loss.

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