Emissions of volatile organic compounds during the decomposition of plant litter

  title={Emissions of volatile organic compounds during the decomposition of plant litter},
  author={Christopher Gray and Russell K. Monson and Noah Fierer},
[1] Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted during plant litter decomposition, and such VOCs can have wide‐ranging impacts on atmospheric chemistry, terrestrial biogeochemistry, and soil ecology. However, we currently have a limited understanding of the relative importance of biotic versus abiotic sources of these VOCs and whether distinct types of litter emit different types and quantities of VOCs during decomposition. We analyzed VOCs emitted by microbes or by abiotic mechanisms during… CONTINUE READING
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