Mycorrhizal effects on decomposition and soil CO2 flux depend on changes in nitrogen availability during forest succession

Ruiqiang Liu, Yanghui He, Guiyao Zhou, Junjiong Shao, Lingyan Zhou, Huimin Zhou, Nan Li, Bingqian Song, Chao Liang, Enrong Yan, Xiao-Yong Chen, Xihua Wang, Minhuang Wang, Shahla Hosseini Bai, Xuhui Zhou & Richard Phillips
Mycorrhizal fungi play a central role in plant nutrition and nutrient cycling, yet our understanding on their effects on free-living microbes, soil carbon (C) decomposition and soil CO2 fluxes remains limited. Here we used trenches lined with mesh screens of varying sizes to isolate mycorrhizal hyphal effects on soil C dynamics in subtropical successional forests. We found that the presence of mycorrhizal hyphae suppressed soil CO2 fluxes by 17% in early-successional forests, but enhanced CO2...
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