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Plant and Soil

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 463–465 | Cite as

On the stimulating effect of drying a soil and the retarding effect of drying a plant material

  • R. D. Laura
Short Communication

Summary

According to the chemical hypothesis the decomposition of organic matter in soil is affected by the availability of the protons in the soil environment. Drying of a soil increases the proton supply from ‘residual water’ and thus increases the mineralization of soil organic matter. On the other hand, drying of a fresh plant material saves the organic colloids from protons and thus decreases their subsequent mineralization in soil.

Keywords

Organic Matter Plant Material Plant Physiology Soil Organic Matter Soil Environment 
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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Laura
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  1. 1.Dept. of ChemistryUniv. of Georgia

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