Root morphology and nutrient are driven by different selective pressures

Ruili Wang, Qiufeng Wang, Ning Zhao, Zhiwei Xu, Xianjin Zhu, Cuicui Jiao, Guirui Yu and Nianpeng He Fine roots are the smallest terminal parts of the root system and act as the primary belowground organs in acquiring limiting nutrients and water from the soil. However, inconsistency in definitions of fine roots and different protocols among…

C:N:P stoichiometry in China’s forests: from organs to ecosystems

Jiahui Zhang, Ning Zhao, Congcong Liu, Hao Yang, ML Li, Guirui Yu, Kevin Wilcox, Qiang Yu, Nianpeng He   Mineral nutrient elements have received wide attention in forest ecosystems because more than 16 elements support the growth and development of plants. Carbon (C, the main element of both structure and energy, i.e. sugars), nitrogen (N,…

Soil organic matter availability and climate drive latitudinal patterns in bacterial diversity from tropical to cold-temperate forests

Jing Tiana, Nianpeng He, Lauren Hale, Shuli Niu, Guirui Yua, Yuan Liu, Evgenia Blagodatskaya, Yakov Kuzyakov, Qun Gao and Jizhong Zhou Patterns of variation in plant diversity at local, regional and global scales have been extensively studied. But despite the crucial role of bacteria for terrestrial ecosystem functioning, our understanding of their large-scale biogeography patterns…

Phosphatase kinetics in forest soils

Xinyu Zhang, Yang Yang, Chuang Zhang, ShuliNiu, Hao Yang, Guirui Yu, Huimin Wang, EvgeniaBlagodatskaya, YakovKuzyakov, DashuanTian, Yuqian Tang, Shuang Liu, Xiaomin Sun   Global changes including increases in nitrogen (N) deposition and phosphorus (P) fertilization may cause changes in the nutrient demands of plants and microbes. Soil phosphatase enzymes that are produced by plants and…

Soil and vegetation carbon turnover times from tropical to boreal forests

Jinsong Wang, Jian Sun, Jianyang Xia, Nianpeng He, Meiling Li and Shuli Niu Part of an upcoming Special Feature on Functional Traits Along a Transect! Carbon (C) storage in terrestrial ecosystems is the balance between photosynthetic inputs and C losses by respiration. However, the large variations in the time that C stays in different ecosystem…