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Nutrient limitations to bacterial and fungal growth during cellulose decomposition in tropical forest soils

Nottingham, Andrew T.; Hicks, Lettice C.; Ccahuana, Adan J. Q.; Salinas, Norma; Baath, Erland; Meir, Patrick


Nutrients constrain the soil carbon cycle in tropical forests, but we lack knowledge on how these constraints vary within the soil microbial community. Here, we used in situ fertilization in a montane tropical forest and in two lowland tropical forests on contrasting soil types to test the principal hypothesis that there are different nutrient constraints to different groups of microorganisms during the decomposition of cellulose. We also tested the hypotheses that decomposers shift from...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology and Fertility of Soils
DOI: 10.1007/s00374-017-1247-4
Access Rights: Open Access


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