AbstractThe continuous cycle of plant-associated microbial biomass growth, death, and decay provides a consistent supply of necromass-C throughout the rooting zone of the soil profile. These inputs are obviously important for resource allocation and soil quality, but microbial necromass-C may play a critical, but currently unknown, role in mitigating the impacts of climate change through atmospheric decarbonization. Microbial necromass is the largest terrestrial sink of persistent carbon in soils, thus its fate and preservation will have a major impact on global C budgets. Our current understanding of the ecosystem controls on necromass generation, biogeochemical transformation, and stabilization is lacking. The objective of this project is to explore the specific influence of rhizosphere and necromass inputs on soil carbon pools.
Published: October 31, 2023