Soil properties associated with net nitrification following watershed conversion with Appalachian hardwoods to Norway spruce
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Plant and Soil. 344: 361-376.
Nitrate (NO3-N) in soil solution and streamwater can be an important vector of nitrogen (N) loss from forested watersheds, and nitrification is associated with negative consequences of soil acidification and eutrophication of aquatic ecosystems. The purpose of this study was to identify vegetation-mediated soil properties that may control potential net nitrification dynamics and to determine if net nitrification is a function of abiotic retention or biotic inhibition. We performed a soil inoculation and incubation study and analyzed a suite of soil chemical and biological properties in soils from a 40-year-old Appalachian hardwood forest and an adjacent 37-year-old Norway spruce forest converted from Appalachian hardwoods.
Keywordsnitrification; Norway spruce; Appalachian hardwoods; Fernow Experimental Forest; forest conversion soil organic matter
Kelly, Charlene N.; Schoenholtz, Stephen H.; Adams, Mary Beth. 2011. Soil properties associated with net nitrification following watershed conversion with Appalachian hardwoods to Norway spruce. Plant and Soil. 344: 361-376. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-011-0755-5.