Effects of pH on Urease Activity in Swine Urine and Urea Solution

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Purpose

A major source of pollution and loss of nutrient value from animal manure results from the conversion of urea nitrogen into ammonia by the naturally occurring urease enzyme in solid/liquid waste streams. Studies often focus on either urease inhibition in soil to prevent the volatilization of applied urea fertilizer or recovery of ammonia from wastewater, but few have studied urease inhibition in manure slurry directly from the barn.…