Articles | Volume 15, issue 13
Biogeosciences, 15, 4125–4129, 2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 4125–4129, 2018

Technical note 06 Jul 2018

Technical note | 06 Jul 2018

Technical note: Manipulating interactions between plant stress responses and soil methane oxidation rates

Xiaoqi Zhou et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (18 Jun 2018) by Jianming Xu
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ED: Publish as is (20 Jun 2018) by Jianming Xu
Short summary
To test our previous hypothesis that under drought stress, plant-induced ethylene can reduce soil methane oxidation capability, we manipulated a field trial in which maize plants were grown with and without ethylene production under drought via the addition of AVG (an ethylene biosynthesis inhibitor). We found that AVG significantly increased soil methane oxidation rates. Our result provides evidence for a positive feedback between plant stress, ethylene production, and methanotrophic activity.
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