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Decomposition of organic matter from 36 soils in a long-term pot experiment


, : Decomposition of organic matter from 36 soils in a long-term pot experiment. Plant & Soil 189(2): 289-301

The organic matter contents of thirty-six soils were measured annually for twenty years in a pot experiment. The soils originated mainly from arable land and varied in initial organic matter content, texture and pH. The soils were stored at an average air temperature of around 13 degree C and every year each soil was mixed thoroughly. Throughout the experiment, soil moisture was kept between 50-70% of its water holding capacity. No organic matter was added during the experiment, so that gross soil organic matter decomposition could be assessed. Relative decomposition rates of soil organic matter decreased as time proceeded. Despite the wide range of soils studied, it was found that during the initial decades, the pattern of soil organic matter degradation was strongly correlated with the organic matter content of the soils at the start of the experiment. This means that during this period the time course of the organic matter content of the soils in our experiment can be estimated from the initial soil organic matter content alone.

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DOI: 10.1023/a:1004228127741


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