Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
SOIL, 7, 785–809, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-785-2021
SOIL, 7, 785–809, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-785-2021

Review article 25 Nov 2021

Review article | 25 Nov 2021

Transformation of n-alkanes from plant to soil: a review

Carrie L. Thomas et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2020-107', Anonymous Referee #1, 10 Feb 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Carrie Thomas, 31 Mar 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on soil-2020-107', Anonymous Referee #2, 16 Feb 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Carrie Thomas, 31 Mar 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on soil-2020-107', Anonymous Referee #3, 19 Feb 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Carrie Thomas, 31 Mar 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Revision (11 Apr 2021) by Steven Sleutel
AR by Carrie Thomas on behalf of the Authors (28 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (11 Aug 2021) by Steven Sleutel
AR by Carrie Thomas on behalf of the Authors (20 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Sep 2021) by Steven Sleutel
ED: Publish as is (14 Sep 2021) by Jeanette Whitaker(Executive Editor)
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Short summary
Plant organs, such as leaves, contain a variety of chemicals that are eventually deposited into soil and can be useful for studying organic carbon cycling. We performed a systematic review of available data of one type of plant-derived chemical, n-alkanes, to determine patterns of degradation or preservation from the source plant to the soil. We found that while there was degradation in the amount of n-alkanes from plant to soil, some aspects of the chemical signature were preserved.