Constraining the role of early land plants in Palaeozoic weathering and global cooling

@inproceedings{Quirk2015ConstrainingTR,
  title={Constraining the role of early land plants in Palaeozoic weathering and global cooling},
  author={Joe Quirk and Jonathan R Leake and David A. Johnson and Lyla L Taylor and Loredana Saccone and David J Beerling},
  booktitle={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2015}
}
How the colonization of terrestrial environments by early land plants over 400 Ma influenced rock weathering, the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and phosphorus, and climate in the Palaeozoic is uncertain. Here we show experimentally that mineral weathering by liverworts—an extant lineage of early land plants—partnering arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, like those in 410 Ma-old early land plant fossils, amplified calcium weathering from basalt grains threefold to sevenfold, relative to plant… CONTINUE READING

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