Articles | Volume 12, issue 22
Reviews and syntheses
26 Nov 2015
Reviews and syntheses |  | 26 Nov 2015

Reviews and syntheses: Soil resources and climate jointly drive variations in microbial biomass carbon and nitrogen in China's forest ecosystems

Z. H. Zhou and C. K. Wang

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Soil microbial biomass carbon (Cmic) and nitrogen (Nmic) and microbial quotient varied substantially across China’s forest ecosystems (CV 61–96%). Soil resources and climate together explained 24–41% of the variations. Cmic:Nmic ratio declined slightly with soil C:N ratio and changed with latitude and climate, suggesting a plastic homeostasis of microbial C-N stoichiometry. Divergent responses of microbial quotient of C and N to environment imply different mechanisms regulating Cmic and Nmic.
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