The role of mound-building termites in the nitrogen economy of semi-arid ecosystems
Congdon, R.A., Holt, J.A., and Hicks, W.S. (1993) The role of mound-building termites in the nitrogen economy of semi-arid ecosystems. Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Conference on Grassland Invertebrate Ecology. The 6th Australasian Conference on Grassland Invertebrate Ecology , 17-19 February 1993, Hamilton, New Zealand .
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Termite mounds are a conspicuous feature of savanna ecosystems in semi-arid northern Australia. The mounds of two common species Amitermes laurensis and A. vitiosus were found to have average inorganic nitrogen concentrations which are 50 to 130 times higher than that of the surrounding surface soil. The use of ion exchange resin bags in the field, showed that inorganic nitrogen was leached from the mounds during rain events. A drip infiltrometer was used for leaching experiments with mounds in the laboratory. These experiments indicated that an average of 250 mg N would be leached from each mound for each 100 mm of rainfall. This would amount to only 6% of the standing stock of inorganic N in the soil, but could be a significant addition to the soil immediately adjacent to the mounds during the short wet season.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)|
|Keywords:||termite mounds; nitrogen; Amitermes; semi-arid tropics; savanna|
|FoR Codes:||06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 0%|
|Deposited On:||15 May 2007|
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