Organic matter in the plant soil systems


The group focuses on organic matter (OM) stabilization in the soil-plant system as affected by global change. We try to solve a paradox: why plant derived OM stays in soil for centuries even though energetically it should be mineralised much faster. We hypothesise that this persistence is due to ecosystem properties rather than chemical features. We are particularly investigating three topics: the pyrogenic OM, the root derived OM and soil OM vulnerability. 

Group leader

Dr. Samuel Abiven

Group members

    Severin Bellè (PhD candidate)
    Marcus Schiedung (PhD candidate)
    Alysha Coppola (Post doc)
    Simon Bowring (Post doc)

Belongs to the organizational unit

Soil Science and Biogeochemistry