The Turnover of Organic Carbon and Nitrogen in Soil
Although the decomposition of plant material in soil is an extremely complex process, relatively simple models can give good fits to the decay process. Thus a two-compartment model gives a close representation, over the first few years, of the decay of 14C-labelled plant material in soil. A model containing a single homogeneous humus compartment decomposing by a first-order process is surprisingly useful for soil organic nitrogen over periods measured in decades. More sophisticated multicompartmental models are now widely used to represent turnover in soil. One of these, the Rothamsted turnover model, is described in detail and shown to give a useful representation of data from the Rothamsted long-term field experiments.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
- Pub Date:
- September 1990