Mikrobielle Nekromasse im Boden und deren Bedeutung für Bodenprozesse

Abstract

Understanding soil organic matter (SOM) formation is crucial for sustainable
land use and mitigation of global change. SOM is perceived
nowadays as a continuum of plant and microbial residues at various
stages of decay. Microbial residues play a dominant role; plant-derived
matter is processed by microbes to biomass and finally to necromass
stabilised in SOM. Carbon storage thus depends on microbial energy
metabolism and on environmental factors and minerals of the respective
soils.

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