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dc.contributor.authorMiller, Jarrod O
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-12T16:27:53Z
dc.date.available2017-01-12T16:27:53Z
dc.date.issued2016-06
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2QN8R
dc.identifier.citationMiller, J.O. Organic Matter is an Essential Component of Soils. FS-1045.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/18929
dc.description.abstractSoils are composed of mineral and organic matter. Weathered rocks provide soil minerals, while organic matter forms from decayed animal and plant residues. An important component of healthy soil, organic matter helps maintain and improve soil’s physical condition. Some of these benefits include increased nutrient and water holding as well as stabilizing structure, which helps soil drainage. Organic matter is in a constant state of transition, continually breaking down and releasing finer, more decomposed particles. This breakdown is caused by scavengers in the soil (insects, earthworms, bacteria and fungi) as they feed on organic matter. These scavengers also become part of the soil organic matter when they die. As long as there are fresh sources of tissue in the soil, the cycle can continue and organic matter levels will stay constant. However, if fresh material is not added to the soil, organic matter will slowly be lost.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Maryland Extensionen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Maryland Extensionen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesFact Sheet;1045
dc.subjectOrganic Matteren_US
dc.subjectSoilen_US
dc.titleOrganic Matter is an Essential Component of Soilsen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtCollege of Agriculture & Natural Resourcesen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtMaryland Cooperative Extensionen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, MD)en_us


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