Thermal adaptation of soil microbial respiration to elevated temperature.

  title={Thermal adaptation of soil microbial respiration to elevated temperature.},
  author={M. A. Bradford and Christian A. Davies and Serita Frey and Thomas Maddox and J M Melillo and Jacqueline e. Mohan and James F. Reynolds and Kathleen K Treseder and Matthew D Wallenstein},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={11 12},
In the short-term heterotrophic soil respiration is strongly and positively related to temperature. In the long-term, its response to temperature is uncertain. One reason for this is because in field experiments increases in respiration due to warming are relatively short-lived. The explanations proposed for this ephemeral response include depletion of fast-cycling, soil carbon pools and thermal adaptation of microbial respiration. Using a > 15 year soil warming experiment in a mid-latitude… CONTINUE READING
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