Black carbon in soils: The use of benzene polycarboxylic acids as specific indicators
Bruno Glaser, Ludwig Haumaier, Georg Guggenberger and Wolfgang Zech
Institute of Soil Science, University of Bayreuth, 95440 Germany. Fax: ++49-921-552246. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft (1997) 85: 237 - 240
Black carbon (BC) is formed during incomplete combustion of biomass. Being highly resistant to microbial and chemical oxidation, it is considered to be a significant sink in the global carbon cycle. Most likely, it is also a source of stable aromatic carbon in soils.