Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
SOIL, 3, 1–16, 2017
SOIL, 3, 1–16, 2017

Original research article 04 Jan 2017

Original research article | 04 Jan 2017

Greater soil carbon stocks and faster turnover rates with increasing agricultural productivity

Jonathan Sanderman et al.


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ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (review by Editor) (18 Nov 2016) by Bas van Wesemael
AR by Jonathan Sanderman on behalf of the Authors (29 Nov 2016)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (12 Dec 2016) by Bas van Wesemael
ED: Publish as is (12 Dec 2016) by John Quinton(Executive Editor)
Short summary
Knowledge of how soil carbon stocks and flows change in response to agronomic management decisions is a critical step in devising management strategies that best promote food security while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Here, we present 40 years of data demonstrating that increasing productivity both leads to greater carbon stocks and accelerates the decomposition of soil organic matter, thus providing more nutrients back to the crop.