Unlocking complex soil systems as carbon sinks: multi-pool management as the key

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Angst, Gerrit
Mueller, Kevin E.
Vogel, Cordula
Wiesmeier, Martin
Mueller, Carsten W.
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The Department of Agronomy seeks to teach the study of the farm-field, its crops, and its science and management. It originally consisted of three sub-departments to do this: Soils, Farm-Crops, and Agricultural Engineering (which became its own department in 1907). Today, the department teaches crop sciences and breeding, soil sciences, meteorology, agroecology, and biotechnology.

The Department of Agronomy was formed in 1902. From 1917 to 1935 it was known as the Department of Farm Crops and Soils.

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  • Department of Farm Crops and Soils (1917–1935)

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Much research focuses on increasing carbon storage in mineral-associated organic matter (MAOM), in which carbon may persist for centuries to millennia. However, MAOM-targeted management is insufficient because the formation pathways of persistent soil organic matter are diverse and vary with environmental conditions. Effective management must also consider particulate organic matter (POM). In many soils, there is potential for enlarging POM pools, POM can persist over long time scales, and POM can be a direct precursor of MAOM. We present a framework for context-dependent management strategies that recognizes soils as complex systems in which environmental conditions constrain POM and MAOM formation.
This article is published as Angst, G., Mueller, K.E., Castellano, M.J. et al. Unlocking complex soil systems as carbon sinks: multi-pool management as the key. Nat Commun 14, 2967 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-38700-5. Posted with permission.

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