Quantifying the contribution of free-living nematodes to nitrogen mineralizationReport as inadecuate

Quantifying the contribution of free-living nematodes to nitrogen mineralization - Download this document for free, or read online. Document in PDF available to download.

(2009)Proceedings of the 16th nitrogen workshop : connecting different scales of nitrogen use in agriculture.p.7-8 Mark abstract Soil fauna are estimated to contribute to approximately 30 % of nitrogen mineralization (Verhoef ∧ Brussaard, 1990). Soil nematodes are important contributors to this process through their key trophic positions as microbial grazers. Quantification of this contribution has mostly relied on theoretical food web analyses (Hunt et al., 1987) or laboratory incubations with simplified and artificially constructed ecosystems (Ferris et al., 1998). Incubations are often performed on homogenized soil, though soil biota is known to be responsive to physical disturbance. Furthermore, sterilization typically relies on methods disruptive of soil structure (e.g. autoclaving, freezing). The aim of this experiment was to quantify the contribution of nematodes to nitrogen mineralization during incubation. Intact cores with a representative pore structure and entire nematode populations instead of single species were used. Gamma irradiation was selected as a sterilization method to remove only soil fauna, leaving the microflora and soil structure largely intact (McNamara et al., 2003).

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication: http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-819252

Author: David Buchan, Stefaan De Neve , Maurice Moens and Bram Moeskops

Source: https://biblio.ugent.be/publication/819252


Related documents