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Re: ramial wood?

7 cm in diameter.  Here's a link to an experiment in Australia:

Interesting.  They don't use it as a mulch, but as a light cover.  The
chemical interactions between the soil and the ramial wood occur when the
soil is subjected to the effects of changing temperatures and light.

on 01/03/2003 7:57 AM, Libby Valentine at LVALENTINE@WORKINGCONCEPTS.COM

> Hi Kitty,
> Clarification question on ramial wood (new term to me) - do you mean 7 cm or
> 7 mm diameter?  Or maybe circumference not diameter?  7 cm diameter is
> somewhat under 3 inches and doesn't seem like a twig to me.  When I was
> little we had tons of tiny twigs on and in the soil in the woods in northern
> MI - if you could find a spot between the roots the soil was great.
> Thanks,
> Libby
> Maryland zone 6
>> For others:
>> "Ramial wood" refers to twigs having less than 7 cm in diameter. They
>> contain soluble or little-polymerized lignin, the base for soil
> aggregates
>> and highly reactive humus. These small-size branches are not used as
>> firewood, even in the poorest tropical countries.
>> Kitty
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