Pavithra Pitumpe Arachchige, Kansas State University postdoctoral fellow

Pavithra Pitumpe Arachchige, Kansas State University postdoctoral fellow, worked with Ganga Hettiarachchi, Kansas State University professor of agronomy, to collect spectromicroscopy data at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Canadian Light Source. The researchers applied an uncommon technique to soil samples and found direct evidence that management practices affect carbon sequestration in agricultural soils. Credit: Kansas State University

 

The latest research from Ganga Hettiarachchi, Kansas State University professor of soil and environmental chemistry in the department of agronomy, is helping scientists solve the mystery of why some carbon remains in the soil for millennia, but some decomposes quickly and escapes into the atmosphere.

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Related Journal Article

Pavithra S. Pitumpe Arachchige et al. Sub-micron level investigation reveals the inaccessibility of stabilized carbon in soil microaggregates, Scientific Reports (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-34981-9

 

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