Soil organic matter in a stressed world

Mark Farrell, Alan E. Richardson, Timothy R. Cavagnaro, Brian R. Wilson, Helen C. Glanville, Michael Beare

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Soil organic matter (SOM) is quantitatively a minor component (by mass and volume) of most soils, yet it is responsible for facilitating or moderating many key soil ecosystem services that affect agricultural food security, biodiversity and environmental quality. Its constituents range in mean residence times from 10 000 years for charcoal-like materials. It is these somewhat enigmatic aspects of SOM that not only provoke such interest from the research community, but also drive the need for applied research that enables custodians of the landscape to effectively manage SOM in a way that limits its loss and maintains or enhances its stock and function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)I-IV
Number of pages4
JournalSoil Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Editorial
  • Soil organic matter (SOM)
  • SOM science


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