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Title
Persistence of soil organic matter as an ecosystem property
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Abstract
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 readilyand 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 predominate. Here we propose ways to include this understanding in a new generation of experiments and soil carbon models, thereby improving predictions of the SOM response to global warming.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Nature. - London
Publication
London : 2011
ISSN
0028-0836
Volume/pages
478:7367(2011), p. 49-56
ISI
000295575400033
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Creation 13.12.2011
Last edited 25.04.2017
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