Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
SOIL, 7, 639–659, 2021

Special issue: Tropical biogeochemistry of soils in the Congo Basin and the...

SOIL, 7, 639–659, 2021

Original research article 01 Oct 2021

Original research article | 01 Oct 2021

Heterotrophic soil respiration and carbon cycling in geochemically distinct African tropical forest soils

Benjamin Bukombe et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'Comment on soil-2020-96', Lucia Fuchslueger, 29 Mar 2021
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2020-96', Lucia Fuchslueger, 21 Apr 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on soil-2020-96', Anonymous Referee #2, 21 Apr 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Revision (04 Jun 2021) by Peter Finke
AR by Benjamin Bukombe on behalf of the Authors (21 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (12 Aug 2021) by Peter Finke
ED: Publish as is (16 Aug 2021) by Jorge Mataix-Solera(Executive Editor)
Short summary
Through a laboratory incubation experiment, we investigated the spatial patterns of specific maximum heterotrophic respiration in tropical African mountain forest soils developed from contrasting parent material along slope gradients. We found distinct differences in soil respiration between soil depths and geochemical regions related to soil fertility and the chemistry of the soil solution. The topographic origin of our samples was not a major determinant of the observed rates of respiration.