Soil Organic Matter Dynamics Controls and Management for Sustainable Ecosystem Functioning

  title={Soil Organic Matter Dynamics Controls and Management for Sustainable Ecosystem Functioning},
  author={Alexandra N. Kravchenko and Andrew Stuart Grandy and Sherri Jeakins Morris},
The composition of soil, particularly its organic matter content, reflects its role as a major controller of ecosystem functioning and soil fertility (Paul and Collins 1998, Basso et al. 2011, Bhardwaj et al. 2011). Soil organic matter (SOM), the largest global reservoir of terrestrial organic carbon (C), contains three to four times as much stored C as either the atmosphere or plant biomass. The soil biota, consisting of microorganisms as well as fauna, account for 1–3% of total soil C and… CONTINUE READING


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