Short-term biotic removal of dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) compounds from soil solution and subsequent mineralisation in contrasting grassland soils

A. M. Carswell, P. W. Hill, D. L. Jones, M. S.A. Blackwell, P. Johnes, D. R. Chadwick

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Abstract

Cycling of low molecular weight dissolved organic nitrogen compounds constitutes an important component of soil organic matter turnover in soils. We determined how rapidly grassland soils can cycle urea, compared to the amino acid l-alanine, and the peptide l-trialanine. Using naturally occurring concentrations of 14C-labelled compounds the rates of removal from soil solution and subsequent mineralisation were measured. Biotic removal of all three compounds and subsequent mineralisation to CO2 occurred within minutes. This research has demonstrated, for the first time, the potential for rapid removal of urea at low concentrations by the soil microbial biomass.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-85
Number of pages4
JournalSoil Biology and Biochemistry
Volume96
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

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