Articles | Volume 13, issue 6
Research article
21 Mar 2016
Research article |  | 21 Mar 2016

Comparing models of microbial–substrate interactions and their response to warming

Debjani Sihi, Stefan Gerber, Patrick W. Inglett, and Kanika Sharma Inglett


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (05 Nov 2015) by Sönke Zaehle
AR by Debjani Sihi on behalf of the Authors (18 Dec 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Jan 2016) by Sönke Zaehle
RR by William Wieder (04 Feb 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (08 Feb 2016)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (08 Feb 2016) by Sönke Zaehle
AR by Debjani Sihi on behalf of the Authors (22 Feb 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (02 Mar 2016) by Sönke Zaehle
Short summary
Simple microbial decomposition models show distinct responses to warming under different assumptions of how complex organic matter is broken down. If there are limitations other than microbial enzyme availability, the short-term respiration response is dampened and the decomposition dynamics resemble traditional first-order decay used in most biogeochemistry models. Further, microbial adjustment to respiratory cost for enzyme production reduces overall sensitivity to temperature.
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