Denitrification: Appraisal and Concluding Remarks

  • H. L. Golterman
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 9)


The two elements Phosphorus and Nitrogen control plant growth under given climatic conditions. Scientific interest in their biogeochemical cycles comes therefore from two sides, viz. from scientists trying to increase the primary production as much as possible for food production (fertilized or eutrophic ecosystems) and from scientists trying to keep primary production in natural ecosystems as low as pristine conditions would have made possible (i.e. unfertilized, often oligotrophic ecosystems).


Reduce Sulphur Compound Pristine Condition Element Phosphorus Plant Demand Spring Diatom Bloom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. L. Golterman
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  1. 1.Station Biologique de la Tour du ValatLe SambucArlesFrance

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