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With more carbon in soil there will be less carbon as carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere. Plant roots can increase storage of carbon in soil, but they also can reduce it. We show that plant roots act as an engine stimulating turnover of soil carbon potentially making soil carbon pools more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought.

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This page is a summary of: Root effects on soil organic carbon: a double‐edged sword, New Phytologist, December 2020, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/nph.17082.
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