Indicator protocols for soil condition
Soil organic matter is a key soil component and plays a critical role in a range of physical, chemical and biological soils processes (Baldock 2007).
Soil organic matter:
provides energy for biological processes (Fontaine et al. 2003) and nutrients N, P, S
improves the structural stability, influences water retention properties and alters thermal properties
contributes to cation exchange capacity, enhances pH buffering and (more)...