Isotopic ((13)C) fractionation during plant residue decomposition and its implications for soil organic matter studies.

Carbon isotopic fractionations in plant materials and those occurring during decomposition have direct implications in studies of short-and longer-term soil organic matter dynamics. Thus the products of decomposition, the evolved CO(2) and the newly formed soil organic matter, may vary in their (13)C signature from that of the original plant material. To… CONTINUE READING