No evidence for compensatory thermal adaptation of soil microbial respiration in the study of Bradford et al. (2008)

Iain P Hartley, David W Hopkins, Mark H Garnett, Martin Sommerkorn, Philip A Wookey

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Abstract

Bradford et al. (2008) conclude that thermal adaptation will reduce the response of soil microbial respiration to rising global temperatures. However, we question both the methods used to calculate mass-specific respiration rates and the interpretation of the results. No clear evidence of thermal adaptation reducing soil microbial activity was produced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E12-4; discussion E15-8
JournalEcology Letters
Volume12
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adaptation, Physiological/physiology
  • Biomass
  • Carbon Dioxide/metabolism
  • Hot Temperature
  • Seasons
  • Soil Microbiology
  • Sucrose/metabolism

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