Chloroform-extractableN and d15N within 15N addition plots for Aug 2003


Pool size and d15N values for chloroform-extractable N, extractable-N, and non-extractable N pools. Samples collected in Aug. 2003 from 1st Organic Layer of 15N addition plots in Imnavait watershed.
1st Organic Layer = the upper 10 cm of organic soil or, if the organic layer was < 10 cm thick, the entire layer (e.g., there was never > 4 cm of organic soil at Crest).

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Shaver, G., Yano, Y. 2009. Chloroform-extractableN and d15N within 15N addition plots for Aug 2003 Environmental Data Initiative.



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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

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One core per plot (total 12 cores) were collected in late August, 2003. The cores were immediately shipped to U of Michigan and deep froze (-80-degree C) until extraction.

Subsamples of the cores were sequentially extracted with K2SO4 for d15N diffusion of NH4, NO3, and DON. Another set of subsamples used to determine chloroform-labile N using CHCl3 fumigation.
Note: The chroloform-labile N should not be reported as microbial N, because the conventional conversion factor was determined for temperate soils, and it is likely that the factor could be very different for Arctic soils.
Chloroform-extractable 15N of Aug 2003 soils (Analyzed by Bill Holmes @ U. of Michigan for Yuriko Yano @ Ecosystems Ctr. MBL)

Subdivide fresh soils:
10 g to dry at 60C for total 15N analysis
12.00+/-0.02 g to extract with K2SO4 (CFE-NF, extractable NH4+ and NO3-, DON-15N)
10 g to fumigate and extract with K2SO4 (CFE-FUM)

Extractable NH4+ and NO3- and DON (CFE-NF)
extract with 0.5N K2SO4
vacuum filter through quartz fiber filter with wide Buchner funnel
microfilter extract
analyze for NH4+ and NO3- on rapid-flow analyzer (RFA)
diffuse NH4+ and NO3-
digest for 15N DON
diffuse NO3-

fumigate soils
extract with K2SO4
vacuum filter through quartz fiber filter with wide Buchner funnel
digest extract (alkaline persulfate digest)
analyze for NH4+ and NO3- on RFA
diffuse NH4+ and NO3-

Total 15N analysis
dry soil at 60C
Calculation of N pool size and 15N recovery into chloroform-extractable N pool and non-extractable pool:

We found out later that the diffusion method used above would not be able to separate DIN from DON (i.e., DON would be diffused with NH4 and NO3). Becuase "DIN" and "DON" were diffused sequencially, 15N and N pool size of DON and TDN were back calculated. A mixing model was used to claculate 15N recovery to TDN.

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Version 2: Updated units to current standards. Missing values changed to #N/A. Updated metadata form to newer version (without site sheet). Fixed discrepency with header variable names. CH 24 Jan 2013 Updated to newer metadata with site sheet. CH March 2013.
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Version 4: Changed Distrubution URL since the LTER network DAS system is being discontinued. JimL 9Apr2015

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