Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
SOIL, 7, 477–494, 2021
SOIL, 7, 477–494, 2021

Original research article 02 Aug 2021

Original research article | 02 Aug 2021

Whole-soil warming decreases abundance and modifies the community structure of microorganisms in the subsoil but not in surface soil

Cyrill U. Zosso et al.

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Short summary
How subsoil microorganisms respond to warming is largely unknown, despite their crucial role in the soil organic carbon cycle. We observed that the subsoil microbial community composition was more responsive to warming compared to the topsoil community composition. Decreased microbial abundance in subsoils, as observed in this study, might reduce the magnitude of the respiration response over time, and a shift in the microbial community will likely affect the cycling of soil organic carbon.