Soil Organic Matter

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Course Code: 
SOS 7103
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
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Course Description & Objectives: 

Chemical and physical nature of soil organic matter (SOM). Formation of humus.  Role of micro-organisms in SOM decomposition. Soil organic matter and soil productivity. Organic matter turn-over. Influence of cropping systems, and management (liming, pesticides, manure and fertilisers) on humus status, formation and degradation.  Carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems.

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