Nitrogen Isotope Techniques

Nitrogen Isotope Techniques

1st Edition - October 1, 1992

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  • Editors: Roger Knowles, Henry Blackburn
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080924076

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This book is the first laboratory manual to bring together basic procedures for measurement of stable and radioactive isotopes of nitrogen, with specific applications to plant, soil, and aquatic biology. This bench-top reference gives practical coverage of mass and emission spectrometry, nitrogen fixation, nitrification, and identification, organic nitrogen, and the radioactive isotope 13N. Methods are described so that researchers can adapt them, without the aid of outside references, to virtually any task they may encounter in investigations of nitrogen transformation processes.

Key Features

  • Serves as a practical guide for nitrogen isotope techniques
  • Features studies of nitrogen transformations in terrestrial and aquatic systems
  • Includes basic measurement techniques plus specific applications for stable and radioactive nitrogen isotopes
  • Presents detailed protocols, overviews, and key references
  • Includes fifty figures and sixteen tables
  • Hands-on reference for both students and researchers


Researchers and students in plant, soil, and environmental sciences botany, forestry, cecology, biogeochemistry agricultural chemistry and microbiology marine and aquatic microbiology and zoology

Table of Contents

  • Introduction. Mass Spectrometry. Optical Emmission Spectrometry. Natural Abundance of 15N: Fractional Contribution of Two Sources to a Common Sink an Use of Isotope Discrimination. Nitrogen Fixation in Soil and Plant Systems. Nitrogen Fixation in Flooded Rice Soils, Aquatic and Sediment Systems. Nitrification and Dentrification. Mineralization and Assimilation in Soil and Plant Systems. Mineralization and Assimilation in Aquatic, Sediment, And Wet Land Systems. 13N Techniques. Chapter References. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 311
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: October 1, 1992
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080924076

About the Series Volume Editors

Roger Knowles

Affiliations and Expertise

McGill University, Macdonald Campus, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada

Henry Blackburn

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Aarhus, Denmark

About the Series Editors

Eldor Paul

Eldor Paul
Eldor A. Paul is a Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, Fort Collins and Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University, East Lansing. During his time at Michigan State, he was professor of Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry, and Crop and Soil Sciences. He earned degrees from the University of Alberta and the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the dynamics of soil organic matter and the microbial ecology of soil. Dr. Paul is a Fellow of ASA, SSSA, the Canadian Society of Soil Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, USA

Jerry Melillo

Affiliations and Expertise

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

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