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Measurement of oxygen diffusion rates with the platinum micro-electrode: III. Correlation of plant response to soil oxygen diffusion rates


L. H. Stolzy
J. Letey

Authors Affiliations

L. H. Stolzy was Associate Soil Physicist, Riverside; J. Letey was Associate Professor of Soil Physics, Riverside.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 35(20):567-576. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v35n20p567. October 1964.

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In 1952, E. R. Lemon and A. E. Erickson introduced a method for measuring the rate of oxygen diffusion to a small platinum wire electrode inserted into the soil. This was considered analogous to measuring the oxygen movement to a plant root that would be in the same position as the wire electrode.

In spite of certain limitations, the platinum microelectrode technique appears still to be the best method available at present for providing a measurement of oxygen conditions in soil which can be interpreted with respect to biological behavior.

The first two papers of this series discuss theory, equipment, and the factors that can influence measurements. The third paper reviews the literature reporting research on correlation of oxygen diffusion rates to biological response.

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Stolzy L, Letey J. 1964. Measurement of oxygen diffusion rates with the platinum micro-electrode: III. Correlation of plant response to soil oxygen diffusion rates. Hilgardia 35(20):567-576. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v35n20p567
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