Fire management effects on carbon flow from root litter to the soil community in a tallgrass prairie
Belowground litter decomposition is a major component of carbon cycling in grasslands, where it provides energy and nutrients for soil microbes and fauna. Fire, a historically frequent disturbance and a common management tool, removes above ground biomass and litter accumulation making belowground root litter of greater importance to decomposer food webs. While many studies use biomass measures of soil faunal groups to estimate changes in soil food web structure and energy flow, little is known about the flow of C from root litter to soil microbial and nematode communities in grasslands and if ...
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