Journal article

Rapid prediction of particulate, humus and resistant fractions of soil organic carbon in reforested lands using infrared spectroscopy

Dinesh B Madhavan, Jeff A Baldock, Zoe J Read, Simon C Murphy, Shaun C Cunningham, Michael P Perring, Tim Herrmann, Tom Lewis, Timothy R Cavagnaro, Jacqueline R England, Keryn I Paul, Christopher J Weston, Thomas G Baker

Journal of Environmental Management | Elsevier | Published : 2017


Reforestation of agricultural lands with mixed-species environmental plantings can effectively sequester C. While accurate and efficient methods for predicting soil organic C content and composition have recently been developed for soils under agricultural land uses, such methods under forested land uses are currently lacking. This study aimed to develop a method using infrared spectroscopy for accurately predicting total organic C (TOC) and its fractions (particulate, POC; humus, HOC; and resistant, ROC organic C) in soils under environmental plantings. Soils were collected from 117 paired agricultural-reforestation sites across Australia. TOC fractions were determined in a subset of 38 ref..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by the Australian Government's Filling the Research Gap program. TRC is supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship (FT120100463). MPP was partially supported through an ARC Laureate Fellowship to R. Hobbs. We acknowledge M. Bullock, T. Fairman, R. Greene, P. Holliday, R. Law, J. McGowan, T. Morald, T. Murshed, A. Schapel, G. Szegedy and A. Wherrett for provision of soil samples and field and laboratory support.