Microbiologists clarify relationship between microbial diversity and soil carbon storage

ScienceDaily | Jul 29, 2020 at 12:22 AM
  • They also found that the positive effect of diversity on carbon use efficiency — which plays a central role in that storage — is neutralized in dry conditions.
  • To explore further, they experimentally manipulated microbial communities while varying factors such as microbe community species composition, temperature and soil moisture.
  • It allowed them to trace the oxygen and track new growth over time in the different diversity, soil moisture and temperature conditions.