Soil quality to decline as climate change hinders litter decomposition by soil fauna
SCIENCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY – ISSUE 534, NOV. 2019
The warmer, drier conditions expected under on-going climate change will reduce the rates at which soil fauna and microbes decompose plant litter, suggests new research from Germany. This may have important implications for agriculture and natural ecosystems worldwide, as litter decomposition is a key process in cycling and distributing nutrients throughout ecosystems.
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