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Fractionation of nitrogen isotopes by animals: a further complication to the use of variations in the natural abundance of 15N for tracer studies

  • K. W. Steele (a1) and R. M. Daniel (a1)


A study of the fractionation of nitrogen isotopes in the diet by cattle is described and the results discussed.

Compared with the diet, urine had a lower ratio of 15N to 14N, but faeces, blood and milk all had a higher ratio.

It is argued that the use of natural 15N as a tracer in grazed ecosystems is more complicated than was at first thought.



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