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Volume 14, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 14, 703–710, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-703-2017
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Biogeosciences, 14, 703–710, 2017
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Research article 10 Feb 2017

Research article | 10 Feb 2017

Interactions among temperature, moisture, and oxygen concentrations in controlling decomposition rates in a boreal forest soil

Carlos A. Sierra et al.

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Temperature, moisture, and oxygen are interacting variables that control the rates of soil organic matter decomposition. With a well-replicated experiment, the authors show that decomposition rates in a boreal forest soil are not limited at high temperatures in the presence of enough water and oxygen. Similarly, at high humidity, oxygen is the main limiting factor for decomposition. The authors conclude that interactions among the three variables are the main determinants of decomposition rates.
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