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Humusica 1, article 4: Terrestrial humus systems and forms — Specific terms and diagnostic horizons

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  • Augusto Zanella
  • Jean-François Ponge
  • Bernard Jabiol
  • Giacomo Sartori
  • Eckart Kolb
  • Jean-Michel Gobat
  • Renée-Claire Le Bayon
  • Mchaël Aubert
  • Rein De Waal
  • Bas Van Delft
  • Andrea Vacca
  • Gianluca Serra
  • Silvia Chersich
  • Anna Andreetta
  • Michael Englisch
  • Herbert Hager
  • Alain Brêthes
  • Christina De Nicola
  • Anna Testi
  • Nicholas Bernier
  • Ulfert Graefe
  • Jérôme Juilleret
  • Damien Banas
  • Adriano Garlato
  • Silvia Obber
  • Paolo Galvan
  • Roberto Zampedri
  • Lorenzo Frizzera
  • Mauro Tomasi
  • Roberto Menardi
  • Fausto Fontanella
  • Carmen Filoso
  • Raffaella Dibona
  • Christian Bolzone
  • Diego Pizzeghello
  • Paolo Carletti
  • Roger Langohr
  • Dina Cattaneo
  • Serenella Nardi
  • Gianni NIcolini
  • Franco Viola

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Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Soil Ecology
Pages (from-to)56-74
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2018


Knowledge of a little number of specific terms is necessary to investigate and describe humipedons. This “new vocabulary” allows individuating and circumscribing particular diagnostic horizons, which are the fundamental
bricks of the humipedon. Few “components” defined by specific terms characterize a specific “humipedon horizon”; few “humipedon horizons” compose a given “humus form” and some similar “humus forms” are
grouped in a functional “humus system”. In this article, specific terms and humus horizons are listed and explained one by one. Field difficulties are illustrated and resolved. The aim of the article is to present in a manner
as simple as possible how to distinguish in the field the soil structures allowing a morpho-functional classification of terrestrial (aerated, not submerged) humipedons.

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