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A Semi-Micro Method for Determining Total Nitrogen in Soils and Plant Material Containing Nitrite and Nitrate1


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  1. Vol. 44 No. 2, p. 431-433
    Received: Apr 25, 1979
    Accepted: Oct 18, 1979

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  1. L. A. Douglas2,
  2. A. Riazi3 and
  3. C. J. Smith2



A convenient semi-micro procedure for total N analysis (including NO2- and NO3-) of soil and plant material is described. The sample plus KMnO4, H2SO4, and Fe is initially placed in a test tube and heated in a water bath (90°C). Final digestion with concentrated H2SO4 occurs in a heated Al (to 370°C) block. The NH4+ content of the cooled tube contents is determined by steam distillation. This method allows simultaneous digestion of 60 samples, is inexpensive, accurate and precise, and includes NO2- and NO43- in the total N estimation.

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