Soil Organic Matter and Soil Productivity: Searching for the Missing Link

  • Felipe G. Sanchez
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 128)


Soil-organic matter (SOM) is a complex array of components including soil faun and flora at different stages of decomposition (Berg et al., 1982). Its concentration in soils can vary from 0.5% in mineral soils to almost 100% in peat soils (Brady 1974). Organic matter (OM) in the surfa\(\tilde{\text c}\)e mineral soil is considered a majo determinant of forest ecosystem productivity because it affects water retention soil structure, and nutrient cycling (Powers et al., 1990; Paul 1991). Soil-organi matter is the major source of nitrogen available to plants and contains as much as 65% of the total soil phosphorus (Bauer and Black, 1994).


Soil Organic Matter Fine Root Fulvic Acid Dissolve Organic Matter Supercritical Fluid Extraction 
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