The Quiver Conference 2014, Speaker, Christine Jones

Australian speaker Christine Jone’s talk was based off of ‘Integrating the Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles.” Christine’s topic was consistent throughout her speech, which was about Nitrogen in plants and how little the Australian government thinks. Her presentation was both informative and humorous. Right off the bat we learned that the atmosphere has 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 0.9% argon, and 0.03% carbon dioxide. We learn about the dangers of inorganic nitrogen such as it “poisoning” water and leaching. Dictionary.com describes leeching as “to dissolve out soluble constituents from (ashes, soil, etc.) by percolation.” In the 20th century farmers knew that plants needed Nitrogen to grow healthy and knew that since in soil there isn’t much Nitrogen and if they added man made Nitrogen then it should speed up the plant growth, which it did but they created a problem. Bacteria takes in Nitrogen, and now with a huge supply of “Nitrogen” bacteria is having a feeding frenzy and since the Nitrogen isn’t organic it run-offs and the inorganic Nitrogen is taken away. Eventually the inorganic Nitrogen is transported to lakes and such becomes food for bacteria, that is why the lake turns green due to the algae being fed more food then they need. If you would to learn more about how Nitrogen impacts water then read this article by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/view-document.html?gid=7939). Did you know that if a plant is green then it is a “Nitrogen plant”? Or that if you take a plant out of the ground and the roots are basically clean then that plant was Nitrogen deficient? Or that plants can’t grow with Nitrogen? Or that plants channel carbon to it’s roots? Or that that the Australian government doesn’t think? What was the main point of the presentation summed up in one sentence? “You want to have a low amount of inorganic Nitrogen possible and that the Australian government doesn’t consider anything”.

Here you can see how a proper Nitrogen cycle should occur. When you add inorganic Nitrogen you can mess up an ecosystem drastically.

The Nitrogen cycle

Here you can see how a proper Nitrogen cycle should occur. When you add inorganic Nitrogen you ruin the soil, fail to the feed the soil bacteria, pollute water systems and make plants Nitrogen deficient.

http://www.visionlearning.com/en/library/Earth-Science/6/The-Nitrogen-Cycle/98

 

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One thought on “The Quiver Conference 2014, Speaker, Christine Jones

  1. Jordan – Check your spelling: “leeching” means something different than “leaching”. You have a lot of run-on sentences. Be more careful with your writing. There is no such thing as “inorganic food”. Organic and inorganic nitrogen has a completely different connotation that “organic and conventionally produced food”. Be more specific with your claims that the Australian government does not think. Never wise to make accusations without sufficient evidence. i like the way you pose questions to your readers – however, follow it up with a more detailed answer.

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