Articles | Volume 15, issue 14
Biogeosciences, 15, 4481–4494, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4481-2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 4481–4494, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4481-2018

Research article 24 Jul 2018

Research article | 24 Jul 2018

Understory vegetation plays the key role in sustaining soil microbial biomass and extracellular enzyme activities

Yang Yang et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (19 Mar 2018) by Anja Rammig
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (26 Mar 2018)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Apr 2018) by Anja Rammig
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (16 Apr 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (22 Apr 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (24 Apr 2018)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (08 May 2018) by Anja Rammig
AR by Yang Yang on behalf of the Authors (10 Jun 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 Jun 2018) by Anja Rammig
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (05 Jul 2018)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (10 Jul 2018) by Anja Rammig
AR by Yang Yang on behalf of the Authors (12 Jul 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
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In this study, we established a long-term field experiment to assess how the soil abiotic properties, PLFAs, and enzyme activities in a Chinese fir plantation changed when the understory vegetation was removed. We found that understory vegetation plays a key role in sustaining soil carbon content, microbial biomass, and extracellular enzyme activities. We therefore proposed that, to sustain soil quality in subtropical Chinese fir plantations, understory vegetation should be maintained.
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