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SOIL, 8, 1–15, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-8-1-2022
SOIL, 8, 1–15, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-8-1-2022
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 et al.

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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.