Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Original research article
12 Jan 2022
Original research article |  | 12 Jan 2022

Phosphorus dynamics during early soil development in a cold desert: insights from oxygen isotopes in phosphate

Zuzana Frkova, Chiara Pistocchi, Yuliya Vystavna, Katerina Capkova, Jiri Dolezal, and Federica Tamburini


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2021-65', Andrew Smith, 09 Aug 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC1', Chiara Pistocchi, 27 Aug 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on soil-2021-65', Jörg Prietzel, 11 Aug 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Chiara Pistocchi, 27 Aug 2021
    • AC4: 'Reply on RC2', Chiara Pistocchi, 02 Sep 2021
  • AC1: 'Comment on soil-2021-65', Chiara Pistocchi, 26 Aug 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (14 Sep 2021) by Luisella Celi Celi
AR by Chiara Pistocchi on behalf of the Authors (18 Oct 2021)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (27 Oct 2021) by Luisella Celi Celi
ED: Publish as is (02 Nov 2021) by John Quinton (Executive editor)
AR by Chiara Pistocchi on behalf of the Authors (04 Nov 2021)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Phosphorus (P) is essential for life. We studied microbial processes driving the P cycle in soils developed on the same rock but with different ages (0–100 years) in a cold desert. Compared to previous studies under cold climate, we found much slower weathering of P-containing minerals of soil development, likely due to aridity. However, microbes dominate short-term dynamics and progressively redistribute P from the rock into more available forms, making it available for plants at later stages.