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Modelling the role of mycorrhizal associations in soil carbon cycling: insights from global analyses of mycorrhizal vegetation

In this PhD study, I aim to deepen our understanding of the influence of major mycorrhizal types, namely arbuscular mycorrhizae (AM) and ectomycorrhizae (EM), on the global soil carbon cycle and their potential distribution changes under future environmental shifts.

W. Huang
10 april 2024
Thesis in Leiden Repository

The investigation comprises two main perspectives: Firstly, Chapter 2 delves into their direct impact on fungal biomass input to the soil via lab experiments. Secondly, Chapters 3, 4, and 5 explore their role in mediating litter decomposition through modeling. This thesis sheds light on the significance of mycorrhizal fungi in the soil carbon cycle and underscores the necessity of accounting for their effects when analyzing global soil carbon dynamics. Additionally, the research underscores the importance of understanding mycorrhizal fungi responses to environmental changes, given their sensitivity to factors like temperature and precipitation.

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