%0 Thesis
%D 1971
%T The effects of soil moisture and soil temperature on decomposition of chitin and chitin containing complexes in soil
%A Wahlquist, Brent T.
%K chitin,decomposition
%K decomposition,chitin
%K decomposition,soil moisture
%K decomposition,soil temperature
%K dissertation
%K dissertations
%K theses
%K thesis
%X Decomposition studies were conducted using soil collected from the fringe of the playa utilized as the IBP Desert Jornada site. Commercial chitin, larvae casts and a mixture of elytra and thorax cuticle from mature adults of *Tenebrio molitor* L. were used as soil amendments.... A mathematical model to predict chitin decomposition rates at intermediate moisture-temperature combinations was constructed. A predictive third order regression curve for chitin decomposition at 25 C - 40% moisture was generated that had a correlation coefficient of 0.9623 with regression curve of actual data obtained from a validation study.
%I New Mexico State University
%C Las Cruces, New Mexico
%8 1971
%G eng
%9 Ph.D. Dissertation
%L 00352
%F 901