Soil microbial biomass and the fate of phosphorus during long-term ecosystem development

  title={Soil microbial biomass and the fate of phosphorus during long-term ecosystem development},
  author={Benjamin L Turner and Hans Lambers and Leo Murtagh Condron and Michael Denis Cramer and Jonathan R Leake and Alan E. Richardson and Sally E. Smith},
  journal={Plant and Soil},
Soil phosphorus availability declines during long-term ecosystem development on stable land surfaces due to a gradual loss of phosphorus in runoff and transformation of primary mineral phosphate into secondary minerals and organic compounds. These changes have been linked to a reduction in plant biomass as ecosystems age, but the implications for belowground organisms remain unknown. We constructed a phosphorus budget for the well-studied 120,000 year temperate rainforest chronosequence at… CONTINUE READING
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