Microbial consumption and production of volatile organic compounds at the soil-litter interface

  title={Microbial consumption and production of volatile organic compounds at the soil-litter interface},
  author={Kelly S. Ramirez and Christian L. Lauber and Noah Fierer},
Substantial amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be released during decomposition and these compounds can affect atmospheric chemistry, belowground processes, and the structure of microbial communities in litter and soil. However, we have a limited understanding of the types, quantities and ecological impacts of VOCs emitted from litter. Here we used a closed flow-through system and proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) to characterize VOC emissions from soil and two… CONTINUE READING
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