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Record number 507069
Title Adopting soil organic carbon management practices in soils of varying quality : Implications and perspectives in Europe
Author(s) Merante, Paolo; Dibari, Camilla; Ferrise, Roberto; Sánchez, Berta; Iglesias, Ana; Lesschen, Jan Peter; Kuikman, Peter; Yeluripati, Jagadeesh; Smith, Pete; Bindi, Marco
Source Soil & Tillage Research 165 (2017). - ISSN 0167-1987 - p. 95 - 106.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2016.08.001
Department(s) Alterra - Sustainable soil management
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Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Keyword(s) European soils - SOC management practices - Soil stability
Abstract

Soil organic carbon (SOC) content can greatly affect soil quality by determining and maintaining important soil physical conditions, properties and soil functions. Management practices that maintain or enhance SOC affect soil quality and may favour the capacity of soils to sequester further organic carbon. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of these measures depends upon both the soil characteristics and the current SOC content. This study defines an indicator of soil potential stability (n-potential) allowing the most effective practices in terms of soil stability and capacity to store organic carbon to be selected. By relating the clay content to SOC content, the n-potential indicates the “potential” presence of non-complexed clay (NCC) in soils, enabling the soil stability and its capacity to store carbon (C) to be inferred. In this work, we classify soils of European regions based on five n-potential categories (i.e. >20; 15–20; 10–15; 5–10;

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