The response of ecosystem CO2 exchange to small precipitation pulses over a temperate steppe

@article{Hao2010TheRO,
  title={The response of ecosystem CO2 exchange to small precipitation pulses over a temperate steppe},
  author={Yanbin Hao and Yanfen Wang and Xurong Mei and Xiaoyong Cui},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
  year={2010},
  volume={209},
  pages={335-347}
}
In water-limited grassland ecosystems, discrete and occasional precipitation events trigger brief but important episodes of biological activity. Differential responses of above- and below-ground biota to precipitation pulses may constrain biogeochemical transformations at the ecosystem scale. We examined the short-term dynamics of the whole ecosystem response to small precipitation events during 2003 and 2004 in a steppe on the Inner Mongolia Plateau. The results indicate that changes in soil… CONTINUE READING