Strid, April; Lee, Baek Soo; Lajtha, Kate. 2016. Homogenization of detrital leachate in an old-growth coniferous forest, OR: DOC fluorescence signatures in soils undergoing long-term litter manipulations. Plant and Soil. 408(1): 133-148. doi: 10.1007/s11104-016-2914-1
Characterizing the relationship between plant detrital inputs and the resulting dissolved organic carbon (DOC) leachate is vital to understanding the ultimate fate of root carbon, fallen wood and needles in forested watersheds. Similarly, elucidating chemical differences in the soil DOC pool may help to explain which DOC fractions are sorbed to mineral surfaces and contribute to accumulation of soil organic carbon, are respired as CO2, or are exported to nearby catchments.
Keywords Dissolved organic carbon . Soil organicmatter . Biodegradation . Fluorescence . PARAFAC