Separating microbial respiration of exudates from root respiration in non-sterile soils: a comparison of four methods

  title={Separating microbial respiration of exudates from root respiration in non-sterile soils: a comparison of four methods},
  author={Yakov Kuzyakov},
Partitioning the root-derived CO2 efflux from the soil into actual root respiration (RR) and microbial respiration of exudates and root residues is very important for determining the carbon (C) and energy balance of soils. Studies based on artificial root environments like hydroponics or sterile soils give unrealistic figures for C partitioning and are unsuitable for predicting C flows under natural conditions. To date, only four methods have been suggested to separate RR and rhizomicrobial… CONTINUE READING
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