Paper published: turnover of leaf lipids in soil

Hot off the press in Plant and Soil, our paper investigates the turnover of leaf lipids in soil. We developed a workflow involving extraction of U-13C lipids from wheat grown with 13CO2, and their subsequent minimally invasive and rapid addition to soil as a suspension in water. Loss of intact lipid was determined from LC-MS, while the ultimate mineralisation of added lipid was deduced from 13CO2 efflux.