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  1. Vol. 32 No. 5, p. 673-674
    Received: Apr 1, 1968
    Accepted: May 21, 1968

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Mineralization of Nitrogen in Grass Roots1

  1. J. F. Power2



The mineralization of fertilizer N immobilized in grass roots (Bromus inermus L.) is of major importance in regulating the use of N fertilizers on grassland. Grass roots varying in N content were therefore incubated with soil for 10 weeks at 30C, and the net rate of mineralization was measured. Rate of N mineralization during incubation was controlled to a large extent by the N content of the root material—mineralization of N contained in grass roots followed much the same pattern as for that in any other plant tissue. Incubation of unfertilized grass roots (0.84% N) resulted in net immobilization of mineral N. Incubation of N-fertilized grass roots (containing 1.44% N) resulted in a net increase in mineral N. For both root materials the changes in mineral N were in proportion to the amount of root material added.

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