Interactions between soil and tree roots accelerate long-term soil carbon decomposition.

  title={Interactions between soil and tree roots accelerate long-term soil carbon decomposition.},
  author={Feike A Dijkstra and W en-Lung Cheng},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={10 11},
Decomposition of soil organic carbon (SOC) is the main process governing the release of CO(2) into the atmosphere from terrestrial systems. Although the importance of soil-root interactions for SOC decomposition has increasingly been recognized, their long-term effect on SOC decomposition remains poorly understood. Here we provide experimental evidence for a rhizosphere priming effect, in which interactions between soil and tree roots substantially accelerate SOC decomposition. In a 395-day… CONTINUE READING
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