Amino acid dynamics across a grassland altitudinal gradient

Mark Farrell, Lynne M. Macdonald, Paul W. Hill, Sudas D. Wanniarachchi, John Farrar, Richard D. Bardgett, Davey L. Jones

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    Amino acids (AAs) have been the focus of an increasing amount of research in relation to nitrogen fluxes in soils. We use five temperate grassland sites across an altitudinal gradient to establish relationships between soil properties and the size of individual AA pools and their mineralisation rate. Soil and soil solution chemistry, vegetation and microbial community structure, and standing concentrations of free- and peptide-AAs, were quantified. Mineralisation of AAs was universally rapid (t1/2
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)179-182
    Number of pages3
    JournalSoil Biology and Biochemistry
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Dissolved organic carbon
    • DON
    • Nitrogen mineralization
    • Soil organic matter


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