Meir, Patrick; Nottingham, Andrew T.; Whitaker, Jeanette; Turner, Benjamin L; Salinas, Norma; Zimmermann, Michael; Malhi, Yadvinder
The temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter (SOM) decomposition in tropical forests will influence future climate. Studies of a 3.5-kilometer elevation gradient in the Peruvian Andes, including short-term translocation experiments and the examination of the long-term adaptation of biota to local thermal and edaphic conditions, have revealed several factors that may regulate this sensitivity. Collectively this work suggests that, in the absence of a moisture constraint, the temperature...[Show more]
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