Biological aspects of nitrogen mineralization in humus from a pine forest podsol incubated under different moisture and temperature conditions

M. Clarholm, B. Popovic, T. Rosswall, Bengt Söderström, B. Sohlenius, H. Staaf, A. Wiren

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Fluctuations of soil organism abundance, soil respiration and inorganic nitrogen were
studied in a laboratory experiment on material taken from the humus layer of a Scots
pine forest and incubated under different moisture and temperature regimes. The
experiment was run for 28 wk with samplings every 7 wk. At 28 wk, increases in
"total movable N" (inorganic N + biomass N) were observed in samples incubated at
high temperature and/or high moisture content. Most of the N was found in biomass
except in incubations at the highest temperatures and moistures. Under those conditions,
high abundance of nematodes occurred together with drastically increased
amounts of inorganic N. Low values of inorganic N were recorded under conditions
common in the field. No obvious relations could be detected between standing crops
of bacteria and temperature, moisture or respiration. The number of bacterial-feeding
nematodes seemed to be a possible measure of previous bacterial production
contributing more information than the standing crop measurements of the bacteria,
which varied little despite the direct evidence of substantial bacterial production in
some incubation conditions.
Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)137-145
TidskriftOikos
Volym37
Nummer2
StatusPublished - 1981

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  • Biologiska vetenskaper

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