Effects of cultivation on the organic matter of grassland soils as determined by fractionation and radiocarbon dating
The effects of cultivation on the net mineralization of carbon and nitrogen in a lacustrine Brown clay (Sceptre) and two Orthic Black soils on glacial till (Oxbow) were assessed with the aid of fractionation and radiocarbon dating techniques. Fractionation of the soil organic matter of comparative virgin and cultivated soils by acid hydrolysis and peptization in dilute NaOH showed that the distribution of carbon and nitrogen among fractions of these soils was similar. There was no measurable alteration in the mean residence time (MRT) of the soil during the first 15 to 20 yr of cultivation, ...
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