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The origin of soil polysaccharide: transformation of sugars during the decomposition in soil of plant material labelled with 14C



The origin of soil polysaccharide: transformation of sugars during the decomposition in soil of plant material labelled with 14C



Journal of Soil Science 24(1): 54-68



Incubation of soil with 14C-rye straw for 448 days resulted in the evolution of about 50% of the carbon as CO2. The two main sugars of the straw, glucose and xylose, were degraded by 70%. There was very little transformation of the substrate to galactose, mannose, arabinose, rhamnose or fucose, and a much slower rate of degradation than with soil incubated with 14C-glucose over a similar period.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2389.1973.tb00741.x


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