Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
SOIL, 7, 71–82, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-71-2021
SOIL, 7, 71–82, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-71-2021

Original research article 19 Mar 2021

Original research article | 19 Mar 2021

Complex soil food web enhances the association between N mineralization and soybean yield – a model study from long-term application of a conservation tillage system in a black soil of Northeast China

Shixiu Zhang et al.

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ED: Revision (15 Jun 2020) by Elizabeth Bach
AR by Shixiu Zhang on behalf of the Authors (16 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Aug 2020) by Elizabeth Bach
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (06 Sep 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (22 Sep 2020)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (05 Oct 2020) by Elizabeth Bach
AR by Shixiu Zhang on behalf of the Authors (13 Nov 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (24 Nov 2020) by Elizabeth Bach
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (03 Dec 2020)
ED: Revision (11 Dec 2020) by Elizabeth Bach
AR by Shixiu Zhang on behalf of the Authors (14 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (25 Jan 2021) by Elizabeth Bach
ED: Publish as is (08 Feb 2021) by Johan Six(Executive Editor)
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Short summary
Long-term conservation tillage results in more complex and heterogeneous activities of soil organisms relative to conventional tillage. This study used an energetic food web modelling approach to calculate the mineralized N delivered by the whole soil community assemblages and highlighted the essential role of soil food web complexity in coupling N mineralization and soybean yield after a 14-year application of conservation tillage in a black soil of Northeast China.