Plant functional traits and soil carbon sequestration in contrasting biomes.

@article{Deyn2008PlantFT,
  title={Plant functional traits and soil carbon sequestration in contrasting biomes.},
  author={Gerlinde B. De Deyn and Johannes H C Cornelissen and Richard D Bardgett},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2008},
  volume={11 5},
  pages={516-31}
}
Plant functional traits control a variety of terrestrial ecosystem processes, including soil carbon storage which is a key component of the global carbon cycle. Plant traits regulate net soil carbon storage by controlling carbon assimilation, its transfer and storage in belowground biomass, and its release from soil through respiration, fire and leaching. However, our mechanistic understanding of these processes is incomplete. Here, we present a mechanistic framework, based on the plant traits… CONTINUE READING