Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
Biogeosciences, 15, 1879–1894, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1879-2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 1879–1894, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1879-2018

Research article 29 Mar 2018

Research article | 29 Mar 2018

Soil microbial biomass, activity and community composition along altitudinal gradients in the High Arctic (Billefjorden, Svalbard)

Petr Kotas et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (21 Sep 2017) by Denise Akob
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (06 Nov 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
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RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (28 Nov 2017)
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (09 Jan 2018) by Denise Akob
AR by Petr Kotas on behalf of the Authors (23 Jan 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (29 Jan 2018) by Denise Akob
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The soil microbial properties were investigated along altitudinal gradients in the Arctic. Systematic altitudinal shift in MCS resulting in high F / B ratios at the most elevated sites was observed. The changes in composition, size and activity of microbial communities were mainly controlled through the effect of vegetation on edaphic properties and by bedrock chemistry. The upward migration of vegetation due to global warming will likely diminish the spatial variability in microbial properties.
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