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- Minerovic, Anthony J.; Valverde-Barrantes, Oscar J.; Blackwood, Christopher B.
- Soil biology & biochemistry 2018 v.124 pp. 142-149
- Liriodendron tulipifera; Ulmus americana; carbon; chemical control; energy; leaves; microbial activity; microbial biomass; mineral soils; particulate organic matter; roots; soil microorganisms; soil organic matter; surface area; tissues; trees
- ... Decaying roots are the major source of carbon that is stabilized in soil, but our understanding of plant decomposition is primarily based on decay patterns observed in leaf tissues. Chemical traits that impact microbial activity are the primary intrinsic control over leaf decomposition, and it is usually assumed that similar mechanisms control root decay. We hypothesized that root morphological tr ...