19 Apr

Stora Loftet, Uppsala

Lunch seminar 'Chemical characterization of natural organic matter'

Lunch seminar 'Chemical characterization of natural organic matter' by Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Professor in Soil Science, Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences, Centre of Life and Food Sciences, Weihenstephan Technical University, Munich.

Plant litter and the microbial biomass are the major parent materials for soil organic matter (SOM) formation. Plant litter is composed of complex mixtures of organic components, mainly polysaccharides and lignin, but also aliphatic biopolymers and tannins. The composition and relative abundance of these components vary widely among plant species and tissue type. Whereas some components, such as lignin, are exclusively found in plant residues, specific products are formed by microorganisms, e.g. amino sugars. A wide variety of chemical methods is available for characterizing the chemical composition of these materials, that gives an overview of the total organic chemical composition of the litter material. With the development of these techniques, an increasing number of studies are being carried out to investigate the changes during decay and the formation of humic substances.


Time: 2010-04-19 12:00 - 14:00
City: Uppsala
Location: Stora Loftet
Organiser: Focus on Soils and Water
Last signup date: 15 April 2010
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