Humusica 1, article 3: Essential bases - Quick look at the classification

Augusto Zanella*, Jean François Ponge, Rein de Waal, Chiara Ferronato, Maria De Nobili, Jérôme Juilleret

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Terms and concepts have been defined in Humusica 1, article 1 and the functioning of humus systems has been discussed in Humusica 1, article 2. Here a short overview of the matter, showing humus systems in their environment, is provided for beginners, before making field investigations. The present work is intended as a part of the field manual (HUMUSICA 1 and 2), an illustrated, easy-to-use application tool for humus systems classification, helpful even for not (yet) expert pedologists. The present article gives also a fast look at the classification, sharing Terrestrial, Histic, Aqueous and Para humus systems, every group being defined by its characteristics set in synthetic tables, and suggests a step-by-step approach allowing everyone to classify and investigate humus systems and forms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-55
JournalApplied Soil Ecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • Anthropogenic humus systems
  • Aqueous humus systems
  • Histic humus systems
  • Humus
  • Humus classification
  • Para humus systems
  • Terrestrial humus systems

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