Technical updates to the bacterial method for nitrate isotopic analyses. Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The bacterial conversion of aqueous nitrate (NO(3)(-)) to nitrous oxide (N(2)O) for isotopic analysis has found widespread use since its introduction (Sigman, D. M.; Casciotti, K. L.; Andreani, M.; Galanter, M.; Böhlke, J. K. Anal. Chem.2001, 73, 4145-4153; Casciotti, K. L.; Sigman, D. M.; Galanter Hastings, M.; Böhlke, J. K.; Hilkert, A. Anal. Chem.2002, 74, 4905-4912). The bacterial strain Pseudomonas aureofaciens (ATTC no. 13985) was shown to convert NO(3)(-) to N(2)O while retaining both N and O isotopic signatures, and automation of the isotopic analysis of N(2)O greatly increased the throughput of the method (Casciotti, K. L.; Sigman, D. M.; Galanter Hastings, M.; Böhlke, J. K.; Hilkert, A. Anal. Chem.2002, 74, 4905-4912). Continued development of the denitrifier method has led to increased precision and throughput of NO(3)(-) isotopic analysis. Presented here are several recent procedural modifications and the demonstration of their effectiveness.

publication date

  • March 1, 2011