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Nitrous Oxide from Soil Denitrification: Factors Controlling Its Biological Production

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Science  16 May 1980:
Vol. 208, Issue 4445, pp. 749-751
DOI: 10.1126/science.208.4445.749


Increasing concentrations of nitrate, nitrite, and molecular oxygen enhanced production of nitrous oxide relative to molecular nitrogen during denitrification in soils. Soil acidity interacted with nitrate to increase the ratio of nitrous oxide to molecular nitrogen. In response to anoxic conditions, nitrous oxide production initially increased but nitrous oxide was then consumed, a pattern which resulted from the sequential synthesis of nitrogenous oxide reductases.