Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Original research article
01 Apr 2022
Original research article |  | 01 Apr 2022

Land use impact on carbon mineralization in well aerated soils is mainly explained by variations of particulate organic matter rather than of soil structure

Steffen Schlüter, Tim Roussety, Lena Rohe, Vusal Guliyev, Evgenia Blagodatskaya, and Thomas Reitz


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2021-56', Anonymous Referee #1, 26 Aug 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Steffen Schlüter, 09 Sep 2021
      • RC2: 'Reply on AC1', Anonymous Referee #1, 13 Sep 2021
        • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Steffen Schlüter, 21 Oct 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on soil-2021-56', Anonymous Referee #2, 21 Sep 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC3', Steffen Schlüter, 15 Oct 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (09 Nov 2021) by Ingrid Lubbers
AR by Steffen Schlüter on behalf of the Authors (10 Nov 2021)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Nov 2021) by Ingrid Lubbers
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (07 Jan 2022)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (19 Jan 2022) by Ingrid Lubbers
AR by Steffen Schlüter on behalf of the Authors (26 Jan 2022)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (09 Feb 2022) by Ingrid Lubbers
ED: Publish as is (19 Feb 2022) by Kristof Van Oost (Executive editor)
AR by Steffen Schlüter on behalf of the Authors (01 Mar 2022)
Short summary
We combined microstructure analysis via X-ray CT with carbon mineralization analysis via respirometry of intact soil cores from different land uses. We found that the amount of particulate organic matter (POM) exerted a dominant control on carbon mineralization in well-aerated topsoils, whereas soil moisture and macroporosity did not play role. This is because carbon mineralization mainly occurs in microbial hotspots around degrading POM, where it is decoupled from conditions of the bulk soil.