Belowground Responses to Rising Atmospheric CO2: Implications for Plants, Soil Biota, and Ecosystem Processes

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Peter Smith Curtis, Kurt S. Pregitzer, G. O'Neill, University of Michigan. Biological Station, James A. Teeri, Donald R. Zak
Springer Netherlands, Dec 31, 1994 - Nature - 169 pages
As atmospheric CO2 increases there will almost certainly be alterations in soil carbon fluxes. It is likely that such alterations will be accompanied by changes in the partitioning of carbon between organic structures and to soil processes. These changes have the potential for further altering the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems. While there has been increasing recognition of the importance of soil-mediated responses to global climate change, the nature and magnitude of these responses are not well understood. In an effort to expand our assessment of the significance of belowground responses to rising atmospheric CO2, a workshop has been organized that resulted in the peer-reviewed contributions that are contained in this volume.

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Issues and perspectives for investigating root responses to elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide
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Vertical and lateral root distribution patterns
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