A Semi-Micro Method for Determining Total Nitrogen in Soils and Plant Material Containing Nitrite and Nitrate1
- L. A. Douglas2,
- A. Riazi3 and
- 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.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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