Litter Quality and the Temperature Sensitivity of Decomposition

  title={Litter Quality and the Temperature Sensitivity of Decomposition},
  author={Noah Fierer and Joseph M. Craine and Kendra K. McLauchlan and Joshua P. Schimel}
The temperature sensitivity of litter decomposition will influence the rates of ecosystem carbon sequestration in a warmer world. A number of studies have shown that the temperature sensitivity of litter decomposition can vary depending on litter type and extent of decomposition. However, the underlying causes of this variation are not well understood. According to fundamental principles of enzyme kinetics, the temperature sensitivity of microbial decomposition should be inversely related to… CONTINUE READING
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