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Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics: Heterotrophic Cascade in the Decomposition of Plants

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Heterotrophic decomposition of different plant material produces various pools of soil organic matter (SOM) and nitrogen. Better knowledge of the biochemical mechanisms and kinetic parameters associated with these processes is needed.

Credit or Source: Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science.


U.S. DOE. 2008. Carbon Cycling and Biosequestration: Report from the March 2008 Workshop, DOE/SC-108, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. (p. 43) (website)

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