Organic Matter

Organic matter (or organic material, natural organic matter) is matter that has come from a once-living organism; is capable of decay, or the product of decay; or is composed of organic compounds. The definition of organic matter varies upon the subject for which it is being used.

Organic matter is broken down remains of plants and animals in the environment. Basic structures are created from cellulose, tannin, cutin, and lignin, along with other various proteins, lipids, and sugars. It is very important in the movement of nutrients in the environment and plays a role in water retention on the surface of the planet.

Read more about Organic Matter:  Formation, Natural Ecosystem Functions, Source Cycle, Soil Organic Matter, Decay, Organic Chemistry, Vitalism

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