Humus Chemistry: Genesis, Composition, Reactions / Edition 2

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A reference text focusing on basic organic chemistry and reactions of naturally occurring organic substances in soils. Covers pools of organic matter in soils, transformations, methods of extraction and fractionation. Section two deals primarily with the chemistry of known classes of organic compounds in soils including saccharides, lipids and constituents containing nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur. Section three is concerned with basic organic chemistry of humic substances, followed by the importance of organic matter associations and interactions. Contains new chapters on NMR spectroscopy, analytical pyrolysis and on chemical structures.

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A comprehensive reference text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students taking a one-semester course in soil organic matter, based on the author's experience in teaching a course in the subject at the U. of Illinois. Since emphasis is given to the basic organic chemistry and reactions of naturally occurring organic substances, the material is valuable to scientists in several scientific disciplines. Assumes knowledge of organic and analytical chemistry, but background is provided for the benefit of nonspecialists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471594741
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/12/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Organic Matter in Soils: Pools, Distribution, Transformations, and Function 1
2 Extraction, Fractionation, and General Chemical Composition of Soil Organic Matter 24
3 Organic Forms of Soil Nitrogen 59
4 Native Fixed Ammonium and Chemical Reactions of Organic Matter with Ammonia and Nitrite 96
5 Organic Phosphorus and Sulfur Compounds 113
6 Soil Carbohydrates 141
7 Soil Lipids 166
8 Biochemistry of the Formation of Humic Substances 188
9 Reactive Functional Groups 212
10 Structural Components of Humic and Fulvic Acids as Revealed by Degradation Methods 236
11 Characterization of Soil Organic Matter by NMR Spectroscopy and Analytical Pyrolysis 259
12 Structural Basis of Humic Substances 285
13 Spectroscopic Approaches 303
14 Colloidal Properties of Humic Substances 325
15 Electrochemical and Ion-Exchange Properties of Humic Substances 350
16 Organic Matter Reactions Involving Metal Ions in Soil 378
17 Stability Constants of Metal Complexes with Humic Substances 405
18 Clay-Organic Complexes and Formation of Stable Aggregates 429
19 Organic Matter Reactions Involving Pesticides in Soil 453
20 Role of Organic Matter in Pedogenic Processes 472
Index 489
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