Fractionation and long-term laboratory incubation to measure soil organic matter dynamics
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Soil organic matter (SOM) in agricultural soils comprises a significant part of the global terrestrial C pool. It has often been characterized by utilizing a combination of chemical dispersion of the soil followed by physical separation. We fractionated soil samples under continuous corn (Zea mays L.) rotations at four long-term sites in the Corn Belt to determine the concentration of C and N associated with soil fractions (light fraction [LF], particulate organic matter [POM], silt size, clay size, and Bradford reactive soil protein [BRSP]) and to identify the change in C concentration and δ13C ...