|Title||The use of ion-exchange resin bags for measuring nutrient availability in an arid ecosystem|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1988|
|Journal||Plant and Soil|
|Keywords||article, articles, chronosequence, journal, journals, mineralization, nitrogen, nutrient availability, phosphorus, soil, chronosequence, technique, ion exchange resin bag|
An in situ resin bag technique was used to measure the relative availabilities of N and P along a chronosequence of soils in southern New Mexico, and was compared to two more common indices of nutrient availability. Accumulations of N and P during 10-week intervals over and 18 month period were separable into wet season (September-January) and dry season (February-August) groups, with wet season values significantly greater than dry season values. Only accumulations during the wet season showed significant differences among sites, thus stressing the role of field water regime in interpreting resin accumulation results. Although accumulation patterns of N and P were similar to patterns of %N and %P in shrub species growing along the chronosequence, these similarities were not statistically significant. A laboratory experiment demonstrated that bicarbonate-form anion resins are preferable to hydroxyl-form resins, as long as standards are made from solutions extracted by resins to account for variable ion recovery efficiencies.