Organic matter dynamics in coarse sandy calcareous soils

A.A. Pronk, H. van Reuler

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    Abstract

    The decomposition of organic matter in coarse sandy calcareous soils (beach sand) is thought to be much higher than in acid fine sandy soils but relatively little research is performed on these soils. Laboratory incubation experiments in which the release of soil carbon (C) is determined may overestimate the release of the soil organic C, as part of the measured C may have been released from the soil carbonates. In addition, it is not clear if the contribution of organic applications to the soil organic matter is also lower on these soils compared to acid fine sandy soils. This study focuses on 1: whether the d13C signature of organic carbon differs from that of the carbonate carbon and therefore could be used to determine C-mineralization of coarse sandy calcareous soils and 2: whether and to what extent applications of domestic compost and solid cow manure or combinations of both are able to improve organic matter content and its effects on the production of ornamentals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th international symposium on flower bulbs and herbaceous perennials
    EditorsA.T. Krikke, J.E. van den Ende, A.P.M. den Nijs
    Place of PublicationLeuven
    PublisherISHS
    Pages207-212
    ISBN (Print)9789066056930
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event10th International symposium on Flower bulbs and herbaceous perennials -
    Duration: 20 Apr 200824 Apr 2008

    Conference

    Conference10th International symposium on Flower bulbs and herbaceous perennials
    Period20/04/0824/04/08

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    Pronk, A. A., & van Reuler, H. (2011). Organic matter dynamics in coarse sandy calcareous soils. In A. T. Krikke, J. E. van den Ende, & A. P. M. den Nijs (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th international symposium on flower bulbs and herbaceous perennials (pp. 207-212). Leuven: ISHS. https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.886.28