Guidi P, Falsone G, Wilson C, Cavani L, Ciavatta C & Marzadori C (2021) New insights into organic carbon stabilization in soil macroaggregates: An in situ study by optical microscopy and SEM-EDS technique. Geoderma, 397, Art. No.: 115101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.115101
The purpose of this study was to investigate the in situ characterization of organic matter (OM) within soil macroaggregates, and to assess the relationships between OM characteristics and macroaggregate size indicating different OM stabilization mechanisms. Optical micro-morphological investigations, coupled to SEM-EDS (scanning electron microscopy and energy X-ray spectroscopy) technique, were carried out on thin sections of 1–4 and 0.25–1 mm soil aggregates (coarse and fine macroaggregates, respectively) from 0 to 20 cm soil layer corresponding to A horizon of four different sites in which soil structure were not disturbed by tillage.
Macroaggregate size; Aggregate thin sections; Optical microscopy; SEM-EDS; Physical occlusion; Organo-mineral interactions
Geoderma: Volume 397
|Publication date online||31/03/2021|
|Date accepted by journal||16/03/2021|