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The Ecology of the Nitrogen Cycle

Series: Cambridge Studies in Ecology

By: JI Sprent

151 pages, Figs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 1987 | #6809 | ISBN: 0521310520
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Hardback | Dec 1987 | #6804 | ISBN: 0521325374
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Many people learn the rudiments of the nitrogen cycle while at school, but the details of the various processes in the cycle are still not widely understood. Some of them are of great current interest, such as the use of nitrogen fixing crops to feed an increasing world population and the problems of pollution of groundwaters by nitrates. Denitrification (forming nitrogen gas) as a way of getting rid of waste from human and intensively farmed animals. This book describes the general processes of the nitrogen cycle, then gives examples of how the cycle is modified under particular ecological and geographical conditions. These examples are drawn from all the major areas of the world, and the impact of man via agriculture, forestry and fuel combustion is discussed. Numerous references are included. The book provides a background for all those whose specialist interests interact with nitrogen cycling, whether they are involved in research or have responsibility for managing the environment. excellent introduction to the biochemical processes of the nitrogen cycle and to the ecology of organisms that participate in it. Ecology


Preface; Part I. General Features of the Nitrogen Cycle: 1. Introduction; 2. Evolutionary and current constraints on the nitrogen cycle; 3. Shortened and open nitrogen cycles: effects of environment; Part II. Case Histories From Particular Environments: 4. Nitrogen cycling in dry areas; 5. Terrestrial areas not subject to regular drought; 6. Aquatic ecosystems; 7. Impact of man; References; Index.

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