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DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2389.2008.01106.x
Title (Primary) Lignin dynamics in two 13C-labelled arable soils during 18 years
Author Hofmann, A.; Heim, A.; Christensen, B.T.; Miltner, A. ORCID logo ; Gehre, M.; Schmidt, M.W.I.
Source Titel European Journal of Soil Science
Year 2009
Department ISOBIO; UBT
Volume 60
Issue 2
Page From 250
Page To 257
Language englisch
Abstract Lignin has long been considered a relatively stable component of soil organic matter. However, recent studies suggest that lignin may turn over within years to decades in arable soil. Here we analysed lignin concentrations in an 18-year field experiment under continuous silage maize, where two soils were sampled at six points in time. Our objectives were to examine the long-term dynamics of (i) lignin derived from a previous C3-vegetation and (ii) lignin derived from maize, as influenced by two levels of maize biomass input. Total lignin concentrations in soil were quantified by gas chromatography of lignin cupric oxide oxidation products. Compound-specific 13C isotope analysis allowed discrimination between C3-derived lignin and maize-derived lignin. Degradation dynamics of C3-derived lignin were independent of biomass input level, suggesting that priming did not affect soil lignin concentrations. After 18 years, approximately two-thirds of the initial C3-derived lignin remained in the soils, whereas, on average, 10% of the recent maize-derived lignin input was retained. We suggest that lignin is effectively stabilized in these arable soils, although the mechanisms involved remain unclear.
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Hofmann, A., Heim, A., Christensen, B.T., Miltner, A., Gehre, M., Schmidt, M.W.I. (2009):
Lignin dynamics in two 13C-labelled arable soils during 18 years
Eur. J. Soil Sci. 60 (2), 250 - 257 10.1111/j.1365-2389.2008.01106.x