Carbon cycle in microbial ecosystems of biological soil crusts

As greenhouse effects become increasingly prominent, soil carbon has been a major focus of research on climate change. Soil microorganisms are the key groups that drive soil carbon transformation. Due to the complexity of ...

Seen from space, the snow-capped Alps are going green

The famous snow-capped peaks of the Alps are fading fast and being replaced by vegetation cover—a process called "greening" that is expected to accelerate climate change, a study said Thursday.

Drought impedes carbon sequestration by earthworms

Soil-borne organisms, especially earthworms, break down leaves and other dead material, releasing nutrients and making the soil fertile while sequestering carbon in the soil and thus helping counteract climate change. During ...

Paired gas measurements: A new biogeochemical tracer?

Soil respiration is fundamental in terrestrial ecosystems, where plants and microbes dominate the production of carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere. The scientific understanding of the processes underpinning soil respiration ...

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