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Quantifying the contribution of nitrification and denitrification to the nitrous oxide flux using 15N tracers.

Abstract : Microbial transformations of nitrification and denitrification are the main sources of nitrous oxide (N2O) from soils. Relative contributions of both processes to N2O emissions were estimated on an agricultural soil using 15N isotope tracers (15NH4+ or 15NO3-), for a 10-day batch experiment. Under unsaturated and saturated conditions, both processes were significantly involved in N2O production. Under unsaturated conditions, 60% of N-N2O came from nitrification, while denitrification contributed around 85-90% under saturated conditions. Estimated nitrification rates were not significantly different whatever the soil moisture content, whereas the proportion of nitrified N emitted as N2O changed from 0.13 to 2.32%. In coherence with previous studies, we interpreted this high value as resulting from the decrease in O2 availability through the increase in soil moisture content. It thus appears that, under limiting aeration conditions, some values for N2O emissions through nitrification could be underestimated.
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Olivier Mathieu, Catherine Hénault, Jean Lévêque, E. Baujard, Marie-Jeanne Milloux, et al.. Quantifying the contribution of nitrification and denitrification to the nitrous oxide flux using 15N tracers.. Environmental Pollution, Elsevier, 2006, 144 (3), pp.933-940. ⟨10.1016/j.envpol.2006.02.005⟩. ⟨hal-00209226⟩

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