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  1. Vol. 48 No. 5, p. 1181-1184
    Received: Oct 11, 1983
    Accepted: Apr 6, 1984

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Ion Exchange Resin Bags: Factors Affecting Estimates of Nitrogen Availability1

  1. Dan Binkley2



Soil ion concentration, water regime, and microbial competition for N were examined for their importance in regulating the adsorption of ammonium and nitrate by ion-exchange resin bags. Resin nitrate values were largely dependent on soil nitrate contents, whereas resin ammonium values were strongly affected by soil water regime. Increasing microbial competition for N by additions of cellulose markedly decreased N accumulation in the resin bags. Recovery of 15NH4 added to resin bags prior to incubation in the soil showed no indication of removal or transformation of N once adsorbed in the resin bags. Resin bags should be appropriate for field estimation of N availability when both mineralization and transport are of interest.

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