Growth and death of bacteria and fungi underlie rainfall-induced carbon dioxide pulses from seasonally dried soil.

@article{Blazewicz2014GrowthAD,
  title={Growth and death of bacteria and fungi underlie rainfall-induced carbon dioxide pulses from seasonally dried soil.},
  author={Steven J. Blazewicz and Egbert Schwartz and Mary K. Firestone},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2014},
  volume={95 5},
  pages={1162-72}
}
The rapid increase in microbial activity that occurs when a dry soil is rewetted has been well documented and is of great interest due to implications of changing precipitation patterns on soil C dynamics. Several studies have shown minor net changes in microbial population diversity or abundance following wet-up, but the gross population dynamics of bacteria and fungi resulting from soil wet-up are virtually unknown. Here we applied DNA stable isotope probing with H218O coupled with… CONTINUE READING

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