The Macromolecular Organic Composition of Plant and Microbial Residues as Inputs to Soil Organic Matter

@inproceedings{gelKnabnerTheMO,
  title={The Macromolecular Organic Composition of Plant and Microbial Residues as Inputs to Soil Organic Matter},
  author={Ingrid Ko {\`E}gel-Knabner}
}
  • Ingrid Ko Ègel-Knabner
Plant litter and the microbial biomass are the major parent materials for soil organic matter (SOM) formation. Plant litter is composed of complex mixtures of organic components, mainly polysaccharides and lignin, but also aliphatic biopolymers and tannins. The composition and relative abundance of these components vary widely among plant species and tissue type. Whereas some components, such as lignin, are exclusively found in plant residues, speci®c products are formed by microorganisms, e.g… CONTINUE READING
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