By Graham Merrington, Dr Linton Winder Nfa, R. Parkinson, Mark Redman, L. Winder
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2000). , 1996). The predominant source of these emissions is microbial nitrification (see above) and denitrification. Denitrification is the dissimilatory reduction of NO3− is the major natural process by which oxidised N is returned to the atmosphere (Chapter 6) (Royal Society, 1983). It occurs under anaerobic soil conditions, when NO3− replaces O2 as the terminal electron acceptor in microbial respiration. , 2001). The NITRATES AND NITROGEN LOSS 21 main rate determining factors are soil temperature and the amount of readily available carbon substrate present (Smith and Arah, 1990) (Chapter 6).
The seed component of the course of the rotation was some form of legume, notably a one-year red clover ley (sometimes with ryegrass) or an arable legume crop. g. 4–5 year forage legume or grass/clover ley followed by up to 3 years cereals (Laity, 1948). Biological N2 fixation by legumes is highly variable depending upon the number of active nodules, their size and longevity, and the bacterial strains occupying them. These factors in turn are affected by the complex interaction of legume species and cultivar, crop management and conditions of growth (notably water availability and soil nutrient status).
The manifestations of the effect of the N surplus produced through agricultural production are considerable, especially as this surplus often behaves so conservatively in the soil system. 1 and with so many potential diffuse pathways for its loss from the agroecosystem, it is little surprise that the efficiency of applied N used by farmers never approaches 100%. Indeed it may even be as low as 10% in some grassland systems (Davies, 2000; Jarvis, 2000). Over 80% of the total N in river waters is found in the form of NO3−, and in the last 30–40 years, NO3− levels in many European ground, surface and coastal waters have been gradually rising (House of Lords, 1990; DoE, 1986; Pau Vall and Vidal, 1999).