Cropping leads to the loss of soil organic matter: how can we prevent it?

Vincent Chaplot, Pete Smith* (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

Soil organic matter (SOM), which associates carbon to key plant nutrients, has been stored in soils for thousands of years and scientists have long recognised its positive impact on key environmental functions such as food production and climate regulation. As soon as a virgin land (forest or grassland) is cultivated, there is a tendency for the soil to lose its SOM and we still largely misunderstand the underlying mechanisms, leading to inappropriate decisions being taken to fight soil, climate and overall ecosystem degradation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPedosphere
Early online date2 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jun 2022

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