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Volume 2, issue 4
SOIL, 2, 565–582, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-565-2016
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Special issue: Soil science in a changing world: contributions of soil science...

SOIL, 2, 565–582, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-565-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Review article 01 Nov 2016

Review article | 01 Nov 2016

Soil fauna: key to new carbon models

Juliane Filser et al.

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Soils store more than 3 times as much carbon than the atmosphere, but global carbon models still suffer from large uncertainty. We argue that this may be due to the fact that soil animals are not taken into account in such models. They dig, eat and distribute dead organic matter and microorganisms, and the quantity of their activity is often huge. Soil animals affect microbial activity, soil water content, soil structure, erosion and plant growth – and all of this affects carbon cycling.
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