Articles | Volume 16, issue 24
Biogeosciences, 16, 4875–4888, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4875-2019
Biogeosciences, 16, 4875–4888, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4875-2019

Research article 20 Dec 2019

Research article | 20 Dec 2019

Metabolic tradeoffs and heterogeneity in microbial responses to temperature determine the fate of litter carbon in simulations of a warmer world

Grace Pold et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (09 Oct 2019) by Michael Weintraub
AR by Grace Pold on behalf of the Authors (10 Oct 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Oct 2019) by Michael Weintraub
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (30 Oct 2019)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (07 Nov 2019)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (12 Nov 2019)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (13 Nov 2019) by Michael Weintraub
AR by Grace Pold on behalf of the Authors (21 Nov 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (29 Nov 2019) by Michael Weintraub
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The litter decomposition model DEMENT was run under ambient temperatures and with 5 °C; of warming. We found that the loss of litter carbon to the atmosphere as CO2 was exacerbated by warming when the microbes in the model differed in their temperature responses, compared to when all microbes responded identically to warming. Our results therefore indicate that predicted changes in litter carbon stocks are sensitive to heterogeneity in key parameters of soil decomposer physiology.
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