Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
SOIL, 8, 59–83, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-8-59-2022
SOIL, 8, 59–83, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-8-59-2022

Original research article 20 Jan 2022

Original research article | 20 Jan 2022

Synergy between compost and cover crops in a Mediterranean row crop system leads to increased subsoil carbon storage

Daniel Rath et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • AC1: 'Comment on soil-2021-19', Daniel Rath, 08 Apr 2021
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2021-19', Jonathan Sanderman, 17 Apr 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Daniel Rath, 28 May 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on soil-2021-19', Erika Foster, 21 Apr 2021
    • RC3: 'Reply on RC2', Erika Foster, 21 Apr 2021
      • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Daniel Rath, 28 May 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Daniel Rath, 28 May 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (11 Jun 2021) by Jocelyn Lavallee
AR by Daniel Rath on behalf of the Authors (24 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (02 Sep 2021) by Jocelyn Lavallee
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (25 Sep 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (19 Oct 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (03 Nov 2021) by Jocelyn Lavallee
AR by Daniel Rath on behalf of the Authors (19 Nov 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (30 Nov 2021) by Jocelyn Lavallee
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (01 Dec 2021) by Jeanette Whitaker(Executive Editor)
AR by Daniel Rath on behalf of the Authors (09 Dec 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Storing C in subsoils can help mitigate climate change, but this requires a better understanding of subsoil C dynamics. We investigated changes in subsoil C storage under a combination of compost, cover crops (WCC), and mineral fertilizer and found that systems with compost + WCC had ~19 Mg/ha more C after 25 years. This increase was attributed to increased transport of soluble C and nutrients via WCC root pores and demonstrates the potential for subsoil C storage in tilled agricultural systems.