Articles | Volume 4, issue 2
SOIL, 4, 141–152, 2018

Special issue: Regional perspectives and challenges of soil organic carbon...

SOIL, 4, 141–152, 2018

Original research article 05 Jun 2018

Original research article | 05 Jun 2018

Separation of soil respiration: a site-specific comparison of partition methods

Louis-Pierre Comeau et al.


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ED: Revision (12 Mar 2018) by Peter de Ruiter
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (26 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 May 2018) by Peter de Ruiter
ED: Publish as is (07 May 2018) by Johan Six(Executive Editor)
Short summary
To date, there are still many uncertainties and unknowns regarding the soil respiration partitioning procedures. This study compared the suitability and accuracy of five different respiration partitioning methods. A qualitative evaluation table of the partition methods with five performance parameters was produced. Overall, no systematically superior or inferior partition method was found and the combination of two or more methods optimizes assessment reliability.