Articles | Volume 2, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-199-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-199-2016
Original research article
 | 
19 May 2016
Original research article |  | 19 May 2016

Fire affects root decomposition, soil food web structure, and carbon flow in tallgrass prairie

E. Ashley Shaw, Karolien Denef, Cecilia Milano de Tomasel, M. Francesca Cotrufo, and Diana H. Wall

Related authors

Large errors in common soil carbon measurements due to sample processing
Rebecca J. Even, Megan B. Machmuller, Jocelyn M. Lavallee, Tamara J. Zelikova, and M. Francesca Cotrufo
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1470,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1470, 2024
Short summary
Shifts in controls and abundance of particulate and mineral-associated organic matter fractions among subfield yield stability zones
Sam J. Leuthold, Jocelyn M. Lavallee, Bruno Basso, William F. Brinton, and M. Francesca Cotrufo
SOIL, 10, 307–319, https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-10-307-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-10-307-2024, 2024
Short summary
Mechanisms of soil organic carbon and nitrogen stabilization in mineral associated organic matter – Insights from modelling in phase space
Stefano Manzoni and Francesca Cotrufo
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1092,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-1092, 2024
Short summary
Relationship between meteoric 10Be and NO3 concentrations in soils along Shackleton Glacier, Antarctica
Melisa A. Diaz, Lee B. Corbett, Paul R. Bierman, Byron J. Adams, Diana H. Wall, Ian D. Hogg, Noah Fierer, and W. Berry Lyons
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 1363–1380, https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-1363-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-1363-2021, 2021
Short summary
Simulating measurable ecosystem carbon and nitrogen dynamics with the mechanistically defined MEMS 2.0 model
Yao Zhang, Jocelyn M. Lavallee, Andy D. Robertson, Rebecca Even, Stephen M. Ogle, Keith Paustian, and M. Francesca Cotrufo
Biogeosciences, 18, 3147–3171, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-3147-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-3147-2021, 2021
Short summary

Related subject area

Soil biodiversity and soil health
Unraveling biogeographical patterns and environmental drivers of soil fungal diversity at the French national scale
Christophe Djemiel, Samuel Dequiedt, Walid Horrigue, Arthur Bailly, Mélanie Lelièvre, Julie Tripied, Charles Guilland, Solène Perrin, Gwendoline Comment, Nicolas P. A. Saby, Claudy Jolivet, Antonio Bispo, Line Boulonne, Antoine Pierart, Patrick Wincker, Corinne Cruaud, Pierre-Alain Maron, Sébastien Terrat, and Lionel Ranjard
SOIL, 10, 251–273, https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-10-251-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-10-251-2024, 2024
Short summary
Ectomycorrhizal fungal network complexity determines soil multi-enzymatic activity
Jorge Prieto-Rubio, José Luis Garrido, Julio M. Alcántara, Concepción Azcón-Aguilar, Ana Rincón, and Álvaro López-García
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-119,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-119, 2024
Short summary
Biochar promotes soil aggregate stability and associated organic carbon sequestration and regulates microbial community structures in Mollisols from northeast China
Jing Sun, Xinrui Lu, Guoshuang Chen, Nana Luo, Qilin Zhang, and Xiujun Li
SOIL, 9, 261–275, https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-9-261-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-9-261-2023, 2023
Short summary
Only a minority of bacteria grow after wetting in both natural and post-mining biocrusts in a hyperarid phosphate mine
Talia Gabay, Eva Petrova, Osnat Gillor, Yaron Ziv, and Roey Angel
SOIL, 9, 231–242, https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-9-231-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-9-231-2023, 2023
Short summary
Lower functional redundancy in “narrow” than “broad” functions in global soil metagenomics
Huaihai Chen, Kayan Ma, Yu Huang, Qi Fu, Yingbo Qiu, Jiajiang Lin, Christopher W. Schadt, and Hao Chen
SOIL, 8, 297–308, https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-8-297-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-8-297-2022, 2022
Short summary

Cited articles

Ajwa, H., Dell, C., and Rice, C.: Changes in enzyme activities and microbial biomass of tallgrass prairie soil as related to burning and nitrogen fertilization, Soil Biol. Biochem., 31, 769–777, 1999.
Albers, D., Schaefer, M., and Scheu, S.: Incorporation of plant carbon into the soil animal food web of an arable system, Ecology, 87, 235–245, 2006.
Bardgett, R. D.: The Biology of Soil: A Community and Ecosystem Approach, Oxford University Press, New York, 25–85, 2005.
Bardgett, R. D. and Cook, R.: Functional aspects of soil animal diversity in agricultural grasslands, Appl. Soil Ecol., 10, 263–276, 1998.
Bardgett, R. D., Leemans, D. K., Cook, R., and Hobbs, P. J.: Seasonality of soil biota of grazed and ungrazed hill grasslands, Soil Biol. Biochem., 29, 1285–1294, 1997.
Download
Short summary
We investigated fire's effects on root decomposition and carbon (C) flow to the soil food web. We used 13C-labeled dead roots buried in microcosms constructed from two burn treatment soils (annual and infrequent burn). Our results showed greater root decomposition and C flow to the soil food web for the annual burn compared to infrequent burn treatment. Thus, roots are a more important C source for decomposers in annually burned areas where surface plant litter is frequently removed by fire.