Cell-wall polysaccharides play an important role in decay resistance of Sphagnum and actively depressed decomposition in vitro

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Hájek, Tomáš; Ballance, Simon; Limpens, Juul; Zijlstra, Mink; Verhoeven, Jos T. A.;
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
  • Journal: Biogeochemistry,volume 103,issue 1-3,pages45-57 (issn: 0168-2563)
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  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1007/s10533-010-9444-3
  • Subject: chemistry | residues | holocellulose | mild acid-hydrolysis | carbon accumulation | bryophytes | Water Science and Technology | papillosum | peatlands | peat bogs | oxidation-products | Earth-Surface Processes | Environmental Chemistry

Sphagnum-dominated peatlands head the list of ecosystems with the largest known reservoirs of organic carbon (C). The bulk of this C is stored in decomposition-resistant litter of one bryophyte genus: Sphagnum. Understanding how Sphagnum litter chemistry controls C mine... View more
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