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Plant influence on nitrification.

Authors
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  • 1 Environment Plant Interactions Programme, Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), Dundee DD2 5DA, UK. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biochemical Society Transactions
1470-8752
Publisher
Portland Press
Publication Date
Volume
39
Issue
1
Pages
275–278
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1042/BST0390275
PMID: 21265787
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

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.

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