Loss of nitrogen from the forest floor by burning
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): H. Knight
Publication Year: 1966

Cataloging Information

  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • experimental fires
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • hardwood forests
  • laboratory fires
  • litter
  • nitrogen
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • slash
  • soil organic matter
  • surface fires
  • temperature
  • understory vegetation
  • volatilization
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38992
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13618
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Burning experiments conducted in the labortory indicated a 25-64 per cent loss of nitrogen from the forest floor at temperatures of 300-700ºC. Burning increased the nitrogen concentration of the residual material, but the total amount of nitrogen decreased. This may explain the frequent reports of an increase in nitrogen after burning.

Knight, H. 1966. Loss of nitrogen from the forest floor by burning. Forestry Chronicle, p. 149-152.