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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SOIL MANAGEMENT FOR ENHANCED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY AND SUSTAINABLE BIOFUEL FEEDSTOCK PRODUCTION Title: Integrated physical-chemical procedure for soil organic carbon frationation and characterization during transition to organic farming

Authors
item Abdelrahman, Hamada -
item Olk, Daniel
item Cocozza, Claudio -
item Ventrella, Dominico -
item Montemurro, Francisco -
item Miano, Teodoro -

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: October 9, 2012
Publication Date: February 4, 2013
Citation: Abdelrahman, H.M., Olk, D.C., Cocozza, C., Ventrella, D., Montemurro, F.P., Miano, T. 2013. Integrated physical-chemical procedure for soil organic carbon frationation and characterization during transition to organic farming. In: Xu, J., Wu, J., He, Z., editors. Functions of Natural Organic Matter in a Changing Environment. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. p. 73-77.

Technical Abstract: Two field experiments in the South of Italy were established in 2009 to study and characterize SOM during transition to organic farming. Experiments included a cereal/leguminous rotation fertilized with permitted organic amendments with three replications. A sequential fractionation procedure was used to separate different SOM fractions: light fraction (LF), two size classes of particulate organic matter (POM), mobile humic acid (MHA), and Ca-bound humic acid (CaHA). Isolated fractions were quantified and analyzed for their C and N contents and carboohydrate and amino compound composition. The masses of the isolated fractions increased during a two-year course, with noticeable increases in LF and POM. Moreover, LF and POM were found more responsive than MHA to treatment and crop. The xylose/mannose ratio indicated that MHA-carbohydrates were mainly of microbial origin while LF- and POM-carbohydrates were of plant origin. Amino compounds constituted up to 30% of total soil N and were found to be more responsive to seasonal variation than to agronomic practices.

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