Anaerobic Zones and Denitrification in Soil: Modelling and Measurement

  • Keith A. Smith
Part of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies Symposium Series book series (FEMS, volume 56)


The general requirements for denitrification are (i) the presence of microorganisms possessing the metabolic capacity, (ii) suitable electron donors, (iii) anaerobic conditions or at least restricted oxygen availability, and (iv) nitrate, nitrite, nitric oxide (NO), and/or nitrous oxide (N2O) as terminal electron acceptor (Firestone, 1982). In terms of the spatial distribution and extent of anaerobic conditions in soils and sediments, it is convenient to consider soil environments in three broad categories.


Denitrification Rate Silt Loam Soil Denitrification Activity Anaerobic Zone Aggregate Size Distribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith A. Smith
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  1. 1.The Edinburgh School of AgricultureEdinburghUK

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