Articles | Volume 2, issue 3
SOIL, 2, 325–335, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-325-2016
SOIL, 2, 325–335, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-325-2016

Forum article 12 Jul 2016

Forum article | 12 Jul 2016

Gone or just out of sight? The apparent disappearance of aromatic litter components in soils

Thimo Klotzbücher et al.

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ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (review by Editor) (18 Apr 2016) by Cornelia Rumpel
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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (15 Jun 2016) by Cornelia Rumpel
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (26 Jun 2016) by Kristof Van Oost(Executive Editor)
AR by Thimo Klotzbücher on behalf of the Authors (29 Jun 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Uncertainties concerning stabilization of organic compounds in soil limit our basic understanding on soil organic matter (SOM) formation and our ability to model and manage effects of global change on SOM stocks. One controversially debated aspect is the contribution of aromatic litter components, such as lignin and tannins, to stable SOM forms. Here, we summarize and discuss the inconsistencies and propose research options to clear them.