What happens during soil incubations? : exploring microbial biomass, carbon availability and temperature constraints on soil respiration
Decomposition of soil organic matter (SOM) is one of earth's most important and dynamic biogeochemical cycles. Much research is devoted to separating and studying individual controls on SOM decomposition. A commonly-used approach is to incubate soils under controlled conditions to understand the drivers of SOM decomposition. In chapter 1, I explore the use of soil incubations to investigate SOM-temperature dynamics, and emphasize the importance of testing the assumptions of laboratory soil incubations. In chapter 2, I describe how I tested whether depletion of available SOM, soil microbial ...
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