Fire and the nitrogen cycle in California chaparral

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Analysis of soils from burned and unburned chaparral indicates that high nitrate concentrations following fire are due to the addition of ammonium and organic nitrogen in the ash. Inhibition of mineralization in unburned chaparral results in low nitrate concentrations. Fluctuations in the amount of soil nitrate in unburned chaparral are the direct result of foliar leaching.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Christensen, NL

Published Date

  • January 1, 1973

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 181 / 4094

Start / End Page

  • 66 - 68

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.181.4094.66

Citation Source

  • Scopus