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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2009-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2009-2020
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15 Apr 2020
Research article |  | 15 Apr 2020

A comparison of patterns of microbial C : N : P stoichiometry between topsoil and subsoil along an aridity gradient

Yuqing Liu, Wenhong Ma, Dan Kou, Xiaxia Niu, Tian Wang, Yongliang Chen, Dima Chen, Xiaoqin Zhu, Mengying Zhao, Baihui Hao, Jinbo Zhang, Yuanhe Yang, and Huifeng Hu

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The microbial C : N ratio increased with aridity, while the microbial N : P ratio decreased with aridity, which implied that drought-stimulated microbes tend to be more N conservative. Among all examined ecological factors, substrate supply and microbial structure together controlled the microbial stoichiometry. Overall, these results illustrated N and P limitation in microbial biomass at deeper soil depths along the aridity gradient and limited responses to ecological factors in the subsoil.
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