Carbon cycling in soil

Carol A. Johnston, Peter Groffman, David D. Breshears, Zoe G. Cardon, William Currie, William Emanuel, Julia Gaudinski, Robert B. Jackson, Kate Lajtha, Knute Nadelhoffer, David Nelson, W. Mac Post, Greg Retallack, Lucian Wielopolski

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Abstract

As yet, nobody knows what effects climate change will have on soil carbon reserves, or how those changes will affect the global carbon cycle. Soils are the primary terrestrial repository for carbon, so minor changes in the balance between belowground carbon storage and release could have major impacts on greenhouse gases. Soil fauna, roots, fungi, and microbes interact with mineral and organic matter to process soil carbon. Studies have been hampered by the difficulty of observing processes beneath the earth's surface, but advances in science and technology are improving our ability to understand belowground ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-528
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Volume2
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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    Johnston, C. A., Groffman, P., Breshears, D. D., Cardon, Z. G., Currie, W., Emanuel, W., Gaudinski, J., Jackson, R. B., Lajtha, K., Nadelhoffer, K., Nelson, D., Post, W. M., Retallack, G., & Wielopolski, L. (2004). Carbon cycling in soil. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 2(10), 522-528. https://doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295(2004)002[0522:CCIS]2.0.CO;2