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Ammonification and Nitrification of N as Influenced by Soil pH and Previous N Treatments1


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  1. Vol. 37 No. 1, p. 67-69
    Received: May 5, 1972
    Accepted: Oct 10, 1972

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  1. W. S. Dancer,
  2. L. A. Peterson and
  3. G. Chesters2



The effect of soil pH on rates of ammonification and nitrification was studied. Soil samples which ranged in pH from 4.7 to 6.6 from an established lime and N fertility experiment were used. Soil pH values in the lime plots have been relatively constant for several years. Soil pH did not affect rates of ammonification appreciably; however it had a significant effect on nitrification rates. Length of the delay period (t′) was increased and rate of NO3- accumulation (Km) decreased with a decrease in soil pH. Previous field N treatments increased the length of t′ at low pH and decreased t′ and Km at high pH. Nitrification rates and production of NO3- were similar for soil pH values of 5.3, 6.0, 6.3, and 6.6 with a different pattern at pH 4.7.

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