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Competition Between Species During Nitrification in Soil
- McLaren, A. Douglas, Ardakani, M. S.
- Soil Science Society of America journal 1972 v.36 no.4 pp. 602-606
- death, equations, kinetics, laboratory experimentation, nitrification, nutrient solutions, population growth, soil, surface area
- Previously we have derived equations which describe populations of nitrifying organisms growing in an idealized soil column perfused with nutrient solutions. Population growth in the soil column at any particular depth is here discussed in terms of a kinetic model that allows for exhaustion of nutrient or space, i.e., surface area limitation, whether or not death occurs, and competition between two species in the same niche. The model in its various ramifications is subject to laboratory tests and points up inadequacies in current understanding of the microscopic ecology of nitrification.