Effect of elemental sulfur application on ammonia volatilization from surface applied urea fertilizer to calcareous sandy soils

Abdou A. Soaud, Maher E. Saleh, Khaled A. El-Tarabily, M. Motior Rahman

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Abstract

Widespread acceptance of urea was delayed in part due to its greater potential for nitrogen (N) loss via ammonia volatilization. Elemental sulfur (S0) at rates of 0, 1, 5 and 10 t ha-1 combined with or without urea and inoculation of Paracoccus versutus (Pv) were tested to determine NH3-N volatilization from urea in sandy calcareous soils of Masafi-1 and Masafi-2. Daily NH3-N loss was measured up to 29 days after surface urea application in both soils using the closed dynamic airflow system. Total NH3-N volatilizations from urea-treated soils were 22.15 to 29.74 % of applied N in Masafi -1 and Masafi -2 soils, respectively. Application of S0 had a positive influence on reducing NH3-N volatilization from surface applied urea. In both soils significant reductions in NH3-N volatilization were observed in amended soil by S0. The result reveals that S0 at rates of 1or 5 t ha-1 and 5 or 10 t ha-1 is required to minimize volatile loss of NH3-N from surface applied urea in Masafi-1 and Masafi-2 soils, respectively. Application of Pv with or without S0 and urea had no positive influence on reduction of NH3-N volatilization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-579
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Crop Science
Volume5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2011

Keywords

  • Ammonia volatilization
  • Elemental sulfur
  • Sandy calcareous soils
  • Urea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science

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