Agricultural Pollution Problems and Practical Solutions by Graham Merrington, Dr Linton Winder Nfa, R. Parkinson, Mark

By Graham Merrington, Dr Linton Winder Nfa, R. Parkinson, Mark Redman, L. Winder

This finished textual content presents a concise evaluation of environmental difficulties because of agriculture (such as pesticide pollutants and elevated nitrate degrees) and gives functional options to them. it really is good illustrated and incorporates a fully-referenced creation to the most modern agricultural pollutants concerns within the united kingdom. it is going to aid supply transparent, medical and technical figuring out of crucial resources of agricultura toxins.

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1 CRITICAL NITROGEN LOAD Critical load is the maximum atmospheric ‘pollutant’ load that sensitive ecological systems can tolerate without incurring long-term harmful effects (RCEP, 1996). The concept has mainly been applied to acid pollutants, indicating the capacity of soils in sensitive environmental areas to buffer atmospheric acid inputs. Critical loads for N inputs are less easy to determine (N compounds, such as NH3, can both acidfy and act as a nutrient), but have been estimated at 5–45 kg ha−1 year−1 for a range of ecosystems from heathland to commercial forestry; the poorer the soil and the sparser the vegetation, the smaller the critical load.

1996). The predominant source of these emissions is microbial nitrification (see above) and denitrification. Denitrification is the dissimilatory reduction of NO3− is the major natural process by which oxidised N is returned to the atmosphere (Chapter 6) (Royal Society, 1983). It occurs under anaerobic soil conditions, when NO3− replaces O2 as the terminal electron acceptor in microbial respiration. , 2001). The NITRATES AND NITROGEN LOSS 21 main rate determining factors are soil temperature and the amount of readily available carbon substrate present (Smith and Arah, 1990) (Chapter 6).

1994) observed that the fate of the decomposing residues from the previous crop exerted a strong control on the magnitude of nitrate losses in arable soils. Hence, sowing autumn crops early will increase nitrate uptake prior to the onset of the winter leaching period. • Restricting the ploughing of old grassland careful management of residues. Grass crops can leave large amounts of residual plant material in or on the soil are potentially considerable sources of N leakage. Residues from crops such as potatoes, peas and oil seeds (and also ley crops) need to be managed and considered in regard to fertiliser plans (Adams and Jan, 1999).

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