Can composition and physical protection of soil organic matter explain soil respiration temperature sensitivity?

@article{Zimmermann2010CanCA,
  title={Can composition and physical protection of soil organic matter explain soil respiration temperature sensitivity?},
  author={Michael Zimmermann and Jens Leifeld and Franz Conen and Michael I. Bird and Patrick Meir},
  journal={Biogeochemistry},
  year={2010},
  volume={107},
  pages={423-436}
}
The importance of soil organic matter (SOM) in the global carbon (C) cycle has been highlighted by many studies, but the way in which SOM stabilization processes and chemical composition affect decomposition rates under natural climatic conditions is not yet well understood. To relate the temperature sensitivity of heterotrophic soil respiration to the decomposition potential of SOM, we compared temperature sensitivities of respiration rates from a 2-year long soil translocation experiment from… CONTINUE READING

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