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Total Nitrogen Determination by a Spectrophotometric Method

  • Jaana Koistinen
  • Mervi Sjöblom
  • Kristian Spilling
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Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1980)

Abstract

Being able to measure total nitrogen (TN) is important for following the nitrogen budget. In this chapter, we present the spectrophotometric method we use for determining TN. The method relies on oxidation and reduction steps, involving persulfate digestion of nitrogen compounds into nitrate followed by spectrophotometric determination.

Keywords

Nutrient uptake Total nitrogen 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaana Koistinen
    • 1
  • Mervi Sjöblom
    • 1
  • Kristian Spilling
    • 2
  1. 1.Tvärminne Zoological StationUniversity of HelsinkiHankoFinland
  2. 2.Finnish Environment InstituteHelsinkiFinland

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