Specific Features of Nitrogen Transformation in the Soddy-Podsolic Soil in the Colonies of the Common Vole Microtus arvalis

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The influence of common vole Microtus arvalis on processes of nitrogen fixation and denitrification in the soddy-podsolic soil was studied. In the common vole colonies, the level of nitrogen fixation was reliably lower and that of denitrification higher, than in the control soil outside these colonies. Nitrogen-containing excretory products of voles accumulating in the soil are among the main factors that determine the activity of these processes.

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