Enumeration of denitrifying microbial populations in turf
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Denitrifer populations of a silt and silt loam soil under a Kentucky bluegrass turf were enumerated using the most probable number (MPN) procedure. The influence of soil texture, soil depth, soil moisture, and additions of nitrate fertilizer on denitrifier populations were determined.
Saturated soil conditions increased denitrifier populations 87-fold in the silt soil and 121-fold in the silt loam soil. Denitrifier populations did not differ significantly between soil depths and additions of fertilizer nitrate did not influence populations.
Key wordsDenitrification Nitrogen Poa pratensis Soil moisture
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