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- Grandy, A. Stuart; Wieder, William R.; Wickings, Kyle; Kyker-Snowman, Emily
- Soil biology & biochemistry 2016 v.102 pp. 40-44
- biogeochemical cycles; fauna; interdisciplinary research; land use; microbial activity; microbial communities; models; physiology; population dynamics; soil; soil food webs; soil microorganisms; soil organic matter
- ... The explicit representation of microbial communities in soil biogeochemical models is improving their projections, promoting new interdisciplinary research, and stimulating novel theoretical developments. However, microbes are the foundation of complicated soil food webs, with highly intricate and non-linear interactions among trophic groups regulating soil biogeochemical cycles. This food web inc ...
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- de Vries, Franciska T.; Caruso, Tancredi
- Soil biology & biochemistry 2016 v.102 pp. 4-9
- bacteria; carbon; carbon sinks; models; mycorrhizal fungi; organic matter; saprotrophs; soil food webs
- ... An increasing number of empirical studies are challenging the central fundamentals on which the classical soil food web model is built. This model assumes that bacteria consume labile substrates twice as fast as fungi, and that mycorrhizal fungi do not decompose organic matter. Here, we build on emerging evidence that points to significant consumption of labile C by fungi, and to the ability of ec ...
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