Article

New insights into organic carbon stabilization in soil macroaggregates: An in situ study by optical microscopy and SEM-EDS technique

Citation

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

Abstract
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.

Keywords
Macroaggregate size; Aggregate thin sections; Optical microscopy; SEM-EDS; Physical occlusion; Organo-mineral interactions

Journal
Geoderma: Volume 397

StatusPublished
Publication date30/09/2021
Publication date online31/03/2021
Date accepted by journal16/03/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32528
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN0016-7061