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BG | Volume 16, issue 6
Biogeosciences, 16, 1187-1209, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-1187-2019
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Biogeosciences, 16, 1187-1209, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-1187-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 21 Mar 2019

Research article | 21 Mar 2019

On the role of soil water retention characteristic on aerobic microbial respiration

Teamrat A. Ghezzehei et al.
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Soil water is a medium from which microbes acquire resources and within which they are able to move. Occupancy and availability of water and oxygen gas in soils are mutually exclusive. In addition, as soil dries the remaining water is held with an increasing degree of adhesive energy, which restricts microbes' ability to extract resources from water. We introduce a mathematical model that describes these interacting effects and organic matter decomposition.
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