Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Soil animals increase leaf decay in warmer, wetter regions with unexpected effects related to global warming

MosquitoAn NREL researcher spearheaded a global experiment to determine if unseen species found in soil are important on a global scale in increasing leaf decay and making a greater impact in warm regions' climate change. The findings: those species make a significant impact.

The study, published in the latest issue of "Global Change Biology," was directed by Diana Wall, ecosystem scientist and director of CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Wall organized a volunteer scientific network around the world to see if soil animals matter beyond local scales.

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