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Retention of precipitation nitrogen by Antarctic mosses, lichens and fellfield soils

first_imgRetention of mineral elements in precipitation by mosses and lichens involving ion exchange and chelation mechanisms is a source of nutrients for these biota growing on rocks and nutrient poor soils (Brown 1987, Crittenden 1989). In qualitative work not involving nitrogen (N) Allen et al. (1967) demonstrated that fresh Antarctic mosses treated with hydrochloric acid could retain Na, P, Ca and K after leaching with concentrated solution of these elements. Ahumic fellfield soils are widespread in Antarctica and support sparse plant growth. This short note reports the results of work designed to show that fellfield soils and plants may obtain most of their N from atmospheric precipitation.last_img read more