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Stable soil aggregates and structure are usually associated with increased levels of soil organic matter. A significant fraction of the latter is comprised of humic substances (HS). Opposing findings on the contribution of HS to both stabilization and increased dispersivity of soil aggregates have been reported; these findings could be related to the heterogeneity in the chemical composition of the HS. The objectives of this research were: (i) to characterize the compositional heterogeneity of HS and dissolved organic matter (DOM) in soil solutions, (ii) to evaluate the relations between general soil properties (e.g., organic matter, clay and calcium carbonate content, cation exchange capacity) and concentration and composition of DOM and HS in soil solution, and (iii) to examine the relationships between properties associated with soil structure such as aggregate stability and hydraulic conductivity and the composition of DOM and HS.

EGU General Assembly 2010, held 2-7 May, 2010 in Vienna, Austria, p.2391

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3D fluorescence-based characterization of dissolved organic matter components and their impact on soil-structure stability indices
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3D fluorescence-based characterization of dissolved organic matter components and their impact on soil-structure stability indices

Stable soil aggregates and structure are usually associated with increased levels of soil organic matter. A significant fraction of the latter is comprised of humic substances (HS). Opposing findings on the contribution of HS to both stabilization and increased dispersivity of soil aggregates have been reported; these findings could be related to the heterogeneity in the chemical composition of the HS. The objectives of this research were: (i) to characterize the compositional heterogeneity of HS and dissolved organic matter (DOM) in soil solutions, (ii) to evaluate the relations between general soil properties (e.g., organic matter, clay and calcium carbonate content, cation exchange capacity) and concentration and composition of DOM and HS in soil solution, and (iii) to examine the relationships between properties associated with soil structure such as aggregate stability and hydraulic conductivity and the composition of DOM and HS.

EGU General Assembly 2010, held 2-7 May, 2010 in Vienna, Austria, p.2391

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