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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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.