Articles | Volume 17, issue 21
Biogeosciences, 17, 5223–5242, 2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 5223–5242, 2020
Reviews and syntheses
 | Highlight paper
30 Oct 2020
Reviews and syntheses  | Highlight paper | 30 Oct 2020

Reviews and syntheses: The mechanisms underlying carbon storage in soil

Isabelle Basile-Doelsch et al.

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The 4 per 1000 initiative aims to restore carbon storage in soils to both mitigate climate change and contribute to food security. The French National Institute for Agricultural Research conducted a study to determine the carbon storage potential in French soils and associated costs. This paper is a part of that study. It reviews recent advances concerning the mechanisms that controls C stabilization in soils. Synthetic figures integrating new concepts should be of pedagogical interest.
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