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In soil science, humus refers to any organic matter that has reached a point of stability, where it will break down no further and might, if conditions do not change, remain as it is for centuries, if not millennia. Humus significantly improves the structure of soil and contributes to moisture and nutrient retention. (Wikipedia)

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Soil organic matter
Leaf mould

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Humic substances

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