Landscape and Ecological Engineering

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 199–204 | Cite as

Carbon mineralization characteristics of compost made from pruning material

  • Enxi LiuEmail author
  • Terumasa Takahashi
Original Paper


To investigate carbon (C) mineralization characteristics of compost made from pruning material (PM), C mineralization parameters were evaluated, including mineralizable C (C0), apparent activation energy (Ea), and the rate constant of mineralization (k). These properties were also examined in conventional composts made from dung (D), fallen leaves (L), and bark (B). No significant differences among the plant composts (L, B and PM) were observed for Ea. Notably, the values of the respective indicators were significantly greater in PM, L and B than in D. The C0 of PM was significantly greater than that of the other composts. Conversely, the k-value for PM was significantly smaller than that for the other composts. These results indicate that PM supplies a substantial amount of mineralizable C that persists for a long time after the PM has been mixed with soil.


Mineralizable carbon Apparent activation energy Mineralization rate constant 



We would like to thank Agora Landscape Architecture for providing the PM. We would like to acknowledge the professional support of Prof. Tatsuaki Kobayashi and Akira Kato of Chiba University, and for their advice. We are also thankful to Mr. Kanbara Daitchi, Hitomi Takoya, and Husile for their assistance during the experiment. The experiments comply with the current laws of the country in which they were performed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of HorticultureChiba UniversityChibaJapan

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