Depletion of 13C in lignin and its implications for stable carbon isotope studies

@article{Benner1987DepletionO1,
  title={Depletion of 13C in lignin and its implications for stable carbon isotope studies},
  author={Ronald Benner and Marilyn Louise Fogel and E. Kent Sprague and Robert E. Hodson},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1987},
  volume={329},
  pages={708-710}
}
Stable carbon isotope compositions of organic matter are now widely used to trace carbon flow in ecosystems, and have been instrumental in shaping current perceptions of the importance of terrestrial vegetation to estuarine and coastal marine environments. A general assumption in these and other studies relying on carbon isotope compositions for source identification of organic matter has been that the major biochemical components of plant tissues are isotopically invariant. We report here… CONTINUE READING
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