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Volume 1, issue 1
SOIL, 1, 411–425, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
SOIL, 1, 411–425, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Original research article 09 Jun 2015

Original research article | 09 Jun 2015

Predicting soil water repellency using hydrophobic organic compounds and their vegetation origin

J. Mao et al.

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In this study we show how soil water repellency (SWR) is linked to the quantity and quality of SWR markers in soils mainly derived from vegetation. To predict the SWR of topsoils, we find the strongest relationship with ester-bound alcohols, and for subsoils with root-derived ω-hydroxy fatty acids and α,ω-dicarboxylic acids. From this we conclude that, overall, roots influence SWR more strongly than leaves and subsequently SWR markers derived from roots predict SWR better.
In this study we show how soil water repellency (SWR) is linked to the quantity and quality of...