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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Mineralization of Manure Nitrogen—Correlation with Laboratory Indexes1


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  1. Vol. 45 No. 2, p. 354-357
    Received: Aug 4, 1980
    Accepted: Oct 29, 1980

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  1. J. Z. Castellanos and
  2. P. F. Pratt2



Simple and multiple correlations between available N estimated from a 10-month greenhouse trial with 10 manures and a number of potential laboratory indexes to available N are presented. The best single chemical index to available N was the N extracted by digestion with pepsin. Slightly more than 80% of the variation in available N was related to variations in pepsin N. High correlations were found between available N and the C released as CO2 during incubations of 1, 2, and 4 weeks. In a multiple correlation using all chemical indexes plus N and C released in 1-week incubations, the significant indexes were N released by incubation, C released during incubation and the C/N ratio. In a multiple correlation with all indexes, the significant factors were N released in 1- and 10-week incubations, the C/N ratio, and N released to acid KMnO4 solution. Pepsin digestion and C release during a short period of incubation appear to be useful single indexes.

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