Persistence of soil organic matter as an ecosystem property

  title={Persistence of soil organic matter as an ecosystem property},
  author={M. Schmidt and M. Torn and S. Abiven and T. Dittmar and G. Guggenberger and I. Janssens and M. Kleber and I. K{\"o}gel-Knabner and J. Lehmann and D. A. Manning and P. Nannipieri and D. Rasse and Steve Weiner and S. Trumbore},
  • M. Schmidt, M. Torn, +11 authors S. Trumbore
  • Published 2011
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Globally, soil organic matter (SOM) contains more than three times as much carbon as either the atmosphere or terrestrial vegetation. Yet it remains largely unknown why some SOM persists for millennia whereas other SOM decomposes readily—and this limits our ability to predict how soils will respond to climate change. Recent analytical and experimental advances have demonstrated that molecular structure alone does not control SOM stability: in fact, environmental and biological controls… CONTINUE READING
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