Andrew T. Nottingham, Emanuel Gloor, Erland Bååth, Patrick Meir This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which is published here. The Earth’s carbon store held in soils is at risk of being destabilized by a warming climate, and a third of that store resides in the tropics. However, whether tropical soils sequester or release carbon in warming world will depend … Continue reading Soil carbon and microbes in the warming tropics
Noah W. Sokol, Emily D. Whalen, Andrea Jilling, Cynthia Kallenbach, Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Katerina Georgiou This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which is published here. Earth’s soils hold a massive amount of carbon – more than the world’s vegetation and atmosphere combined. But the fate of this carbon is uncertain – particularly the portion that is bound up in close … Continue reading What will happen to the massive store of carbon in Earth’s mineral soils as our climate changes?
Laetitia Bernard, Isabelle Basile-Doelsch, Delphine Derrien, Nicolas Fanin, Sébastien Fontaine, Bertrand Guenet, Battle Karimi, Claire Marsden, and Pierre-Alain Maron This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which is published here. The priming effect corresponds to a change in the rate of degradation of soil organic matter induced by a new supply of fresh organic matter. It was first observed in … Continue reading What is the Priming effect, how is it generated and how will it impact soil carbon sequestration in a future submitted to global change?
Joe Wan, Thomas W. Crowther This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which is published here. Soil microbes release massive amounts of carbon from organic compounds in soil. However, this flow of carbon is a major source of uncertainty in the models we currently use to predict Earth’s climate. This article reviews how researchers who develop mathematical models can address … Continue reading Understanding the role of microbes in the Earth’s carbon cycle
Sarah Evans, Steve Allison, Christine Hawkes This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which is published here. Soils store a larger amount of carbon than plants and emit more carbon than humans annually. Moisture is a big determinant of whether soil microorganisms release (by respiration) this carbon into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (CO2), or sequester it in the soil. … Continue reading Microbes, memory, and moisture: predicting microbial moisture responses and their impact on carbon cycling
Nicolas Fanin, Maria Mooshammer, Marie Sauvadet, Cheng Meng, Gaël Alvarez, Laëtitia Bernard, Isabelle Bertrand, Evgenia Blagodatskayah, Lucie Bon, Sébastien Fontaine, Shuli Niu, Gwenaelle Lashermes, Tania L. Maxwell, Michael Weintraub, Lisa Wingate, Daryl Moorhead, Andrew Nottingham This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which is published here. Soil enzymes are central to ecosystem processes because they mediate numerous reactions that are … Continue reading Soil enzymes in response to climate warming: mechanisms and feedbacks
Kate M. Buckeridge, Courtney Creamer & Jeanette Whitaker This is a Plain Language Summary of a Functional Ecology article which is published here. Necromass (dead microbes) in soil is now recognised as a large and long-lasting portion of soil organic carbon, the largest store of carbon on land. Necromass is a dynamic–not static–store of carbon in soil, because it is eaten by other microbes, respired … Continue reading Deconstructing the microbial necromass continuum to inform soil carbon sequestration
Malik, Ashish; Bouskill, Nicholas This is a Plain Language Summary of a Research Article. Read the Research in full here. Climate change is causing increased occurrences of droughts that impact the cycling of carbon in terrestrial ecosystems. How droughts impact microbial processes in soil and its consequences for ecosystem carbon balance is hard to measure. To do so, we must better understand the response of … Continue reading How will drought impact soil microbes and ecosystem carbon balance?