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Temperature sensitivity of soil respiration rates enhanced by microbial community response

Karhu, Kristiina; Auffret, Marc D; Dungait, Jennifer A J; Hopkins , David W; Prosser , James I; Singh, Brajesh K; Subke, Jens-Arne; Wookey, Philip A; Agren, Goran I; Sebastia, Maria-Teresa; Gouriveau, Fabrice; Meir, Patrick


Soils store about four times as much carbon as plant biomass, and soil microbial respiration releases about 60 petagrams of carbon per year to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Short-term experiments have shown that soil microbial respiration increases exponentially with temperature. This information has been incorporated into soil carbon and Earth-system models, which suggest that warming-induced increases in carbon dioxide release from soils represent an important positive feedback loop that...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature13604


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