Data from: Higher fungal diversity is correlated with lower CO2 emissions from dead wood in a natural forest

Chunyan Yang, Douglas A. Schaefer, Weijie Liu, Viorel D. Popescu, Chenxue Yang, Xiaoyang Wang, Chunying Wu & Douglas W. Yu
Wood decomposition releases almost as much CO2 to the atmosphere as does fossil-fuel combustion, so the factors regulating wood decomposition can affect global carbon cycling. We used metabarcoding to estimate the fungal species diversities of naturally colonized decomposing wood in subtropical China and, for the first time, compared them to concurrent measures of CO2 emissions. Wood hosting more diverse fungal communities emitted less CO2, with Shannon diversity explaining 26 to 44% of emissions variation. Community...
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