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Long-term effects of different inorganic pollutants on nitrogen transformations in a sandy cambisol

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Long-term effects of 12 inorganic pollutants on N transformations were studied in a sandy cambisol. As, Be, Br, Cd, Cr, F, Pb, Hg, Se, Sn, and V were added to the soil as inorganic salts in 1975 and 1976. Soil samples were taken in 1984 to determine total N mineralisation and nitrification. All pollutants except Se and Sn inhibited N mineralisation. The most toxic elements under investigation were Be and Hg. Nitrification was reduced to a lower degree than total N mineralisation. As, Be, Cd, Cr, F, Pb, Se, and Sn failed to inhibit this process at all. It is assumed that nitrifying bacteria became adapted to these pollutants in the course of time. The arginine-ammonification method was less sensitive in detecting the effects of pollutants on N transformation than the N mineralisation test.

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Wilke, B.-. Long-term effects of different inorganic pollutants on nitrogen transformations in a sandy cambisol. Biol Fert Soils 7, 254–258 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00709657

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Key words

  • N-mineralisation
  • Nitrification
  • Arginine ammonification
  • Inorganic pollutants