Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-639-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-639-2021
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01 Oct 2021
Original research article |  | 01 Oct 2021

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

Benjamin Bukombe, Peter Fiener, Alison M. Hoyt, Laurent K. Kidinda, and Sebastian Doetterl

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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.