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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 15, No. 2, 2011, pp. 257-263
Bioline Code: ja11045
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2011, pp. 257-263

 en Mineralization of Nitrogen in Hydromorphic Soils Amended with Organic Wastes


This paper present the results of nitrogen mineralization in hydromorphic (wetland) soils of the Niger Delta amended with organic wastes. The organic wastes amended soil generally showed a decrease in total inorganic (NO3-N+NH3-N) released within first 14 days, which increased thereafter. The nitrogen mineralized during 58 day of incubation ranged from 82.15 mg kg-1 to 281.60 mg kg-1 for fadamal soil, 54.50 mg kg-1 to 197.30 mg kg-1 for meander belt soil and 98.50 mg kg-1 to 320.00 mg kg-1 for Mangrove soil (mangal acid sulphate soils). The order of cumulative nitrogen released in the waste amended soil followed the order: sewage sludge>kitchen waste> poultry manure> oil palm waste> cow manure. Total mineralized N indicated negative correlation with total organic N and C: N ratio.

N-immobilization; Mineralization; Wetland soils; Niger Delta; Nigeria

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