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Charcoal does not change the decomposition rate of mixed litters in a mineral cambisol: a controlled conditions study


Abiven, S; Andreoli, R (2011). Charcoal does not change the decomposition rate of mixed litters in a mineral cambisol: a controlled conditions study. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 47(1):111-114.

Abstract

It has been recently shown that the presence of charcoal might promote humus decomposition in the soil. We investigated the decomposition rate of charcoal and litters of different biochemical quality mixed together in a soil incubation under controlled conditions. Despite the large range of organic substrate quality used in this study, we did not find any difference in the decomposition between the average of two individual substrates decomposing separately and the same substrates mixed together. We concluded that charcoal does not always promote other organic matter decomposition and that its particular effect might depend on various factors, for example, soil properties.

It has been recently shown that the presence of charcoal might promote humus decomposition in the soil. We investigated the decomposition rate of charcoal and litters of different biochemical quality mixed together in a soil incubation under controlled conditions. Despite the large range of organic substrate quality used in this study, we did not find any difference in the decomposition between the average of two individual substrates decomposing separately and the same substrates mixed together. We concluded that charcoal does not always promote other organic matter decomposition and that its particular effect might depend on various factors, for example, soil properties.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:29 Dec 2010 11:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:27
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0178-2762
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00374-010-0489-1
Official URL:http://www.springerlink.com/content/v6r18264110p6191/
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-39720

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