Plant influence on nitrification

Marcin W. Skiba, Timothy S. George, Elizabeth M. Baggs, Tim J. Daniell

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Abstract

Modern agriculture has promoted the development of high-nitrification systems that are susceptible to major losses of nitrogen through leaching of nitrate and gaseous emissions of nitrogen oxide (NO and N2O), contributing to global warming and depletion of the ozone layer. Leakage of nitrogen from agricultural systems forces increased use of nitrogen fertilizers and causes water pollution and elevated costs of food production. Possible strategies for prevention of these processes involve various agricultural management approaches and use of synthetic inhibitors. Growing plants capable of producing nitrification suppressors could become a potentially superior method of controlling nitrification in the soil. There is a need to investigate the phenomenon of biological nitrification inhibition in arable crop species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-278
Number of pages4
JournalBiochemical Society Transactions
Volume39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

Keywords

  • agriculture
  • arable crop
  • biological nitrification inhibition
  • fertilizer
  • nitrogen loss
  • soil
  • grass brachiaria-humidicola
  • nitrous-oxide
  • inhibitor dicyandiamide
  • ammonium nutrition
  • tropical grass
  • nitrate
  • competition
  • roots
  • assimilation

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