Articles | Volume 19, issue 15
Biogeosciences, 19, 3713–3726, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-3713-2022

Special issue: Global change effects on terrestrial biogeochemistry at the...

Biogeosciences, 19, 3713–3726, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-3713-2022
Research article
12 Aug 2022
Research article | 12 Aug 2022

Nitrophobic ectomycorrhizal fungi are associated with enhanced hydrophobicity of soil organic matter in a Norway spruce forest

Juan Pablo Almeida et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2022-83', Mark Anthony, 11 Apr 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2022-83', Christopher Fernandez, 12 Apr 2022
  • RC3: 'Comment on bg-2022-83', Anonymous Referee #3, 20 Apr 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (15 Jun 2022) by Serita Frey
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (15 Jun 2022) by Michael Bahn(Co-Editor-in-Chief)
AR by Juan Almeida on behalf of the Authors (27 Jun 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (28 Jun 2022) by Serita Frey
ED: Publish as is (05 Jul 2022) by Michael Bahn(Co-Editor-in-Chief)
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Short summary
Fungi living in symbiosis with tree roots can accumulate belowground, forming special tissues than can repel water. We measured the water repellency of organic material incubated belowground and correlated it with fungal growth. We found a positive association between water repellency and root symbiotic fungi. These results are important because an increase in soil water repellency can reduce the release of CO2 from soils into the atmosphere and mitigate the effects of greenhouse gasses.
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