Temperature Sensitivity of Substrate Decomposition from Enzymes to Microbial Communities
August 2010 - present
A recently funded project explores how substrate stoichiometry and architecture influence the C and N released via mineralization, and the temperature sensitivity of these fluxes. This avenue of research will help us understand the temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition, and ultimately will be useful for predicting CO2 release from soils in a warmer world. We have developed a theoretical framework based on these ideas, useful for understanding how microbial allocation of substrate-derived resources responds to multiple substrate landscapes.