Articles | Volume 2, issue 2
SOIL, 2, 163–174, 2016
SOIL, 2, 163–174, 2016

Original research article 22 Apr 2016

Original research article | 22 Apr 2016

Interactions between organisms and parent materials of a constructed Technosol shape its hydrostructural properties

Maha Deeb et al.

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This paper addresses the evolution of engineered soils (i.e., Technosols). The formation of such soils begins with proportional mixing of urban waste. Technosols are particularly well suited for investigating the role of organisms in soil function development. This is because they provide a controlled environment where the soil development can be monitored over time. Organisms and their interaction with parent materials positively affect the structure of Technosols.