Quantification of soil organic matter degradation by Rock-Eval pyrolysis

Tünde Nyilas, Tivadar M. Tóth, Magdolna Hetényi

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Rock-Eval (RE) pyrolysis was designed for petroleum exploration to determine the type and quality of organic matter in rock samples. It is a quick and effective tool for evaluating the amount and properties of the organic matter. Nevertheless, this technique can be used for bulk characterization of the immature organic matter in soil samples and recent sediments. The aim of our work was to present new fields of application of the RE pyrolysis for assessing the proportion of the organic components of different thermal stabilities, and also to apply this method for characterization of organic matter dynamics in soil profiles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2007-2010
Number of pages4
JournalCereal Research Communications
Issue numberSUPPL. 5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008


  • Rock-Eval program
  • Soil organic matter (SOM)
  • Soil-plant interrelations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics

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