Date of Award


Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences


M. Susan Erich

Second Committee Member

Tsutomu Ohno

Third Committee Member

Christopher Cronan


This thesis monitored the progression of early-stage humification during the decomposition of four soil amendments and analyzed the effect of hurnification on the copper (Cu) binding capacity of amendment-derived dissolved organic carbon (DOC). Amendments chosen for the 8-week incubation were: wheat straw (Triticum aestivium L.), crimson clover (Trifolium incamaturn L.), a primary papermill residue (PPR), and a primary papermill residue mixed with secondary wastewater treatment sludge (PPR+SS). Specific attention was given to the

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Soil Science Commons