carbon cycle


Summary: The cycle by which the element carbon is exchanged between organic matter and the earth's physical environment.

Top Publications

  1. Carrasco L, Webb E, Symes W, Koh L, Sodhi N. Global economic trade-offs between wild nature and tropical agriculture. PLoS Biol. 2017;15:e2001657 pubmed publisher
  2. Baroukh C, Turon V, Bernard O. Dynamic metabolic modeling of heterotrophic and mixotrophic microalgal growth on fermentative wastes. PLoS Comput Biol. 2017;13:e1005590 pubmed publisher
    ..It also opens new perspectives for the heterotrophic and mixotrophic use of microalgae, especially for biofuel production from wastes. ..
  3. van Groenigen K, Osenberg C, Terrer C, Carrillo Y, Dijkstra F, Heath J, et al. Faster turnover of new soil carbon inputs under increased atmospheric CO2. Glob Chang Biol. 2017;23:4420-4429 pubmed publisher
  4. Campbell J, Berry J, Seibt U, Smith S, Montzka S, Launois T, et al. Large historical growth in global terrestrial gross primary production. Nature. 2017;544:84-87 pubmed publisher
    ..As a consequence, modelling estimates of terrestrial carbon storage, and of feedbacks between the carbon cycle and climate, remain poorly constrained...
  5. Tagliabue A, Bowie A, Boyd P, Buck K, Johnson K, Saito M. The integral role of iron in ocean biogeochemistry. Nature. 2017;543:51-59 pubmed publisher
  6. Mackinder L, Chen C, Leib R, Patena W, Blum S, Rodman M, et al. A Spatial Interactome Reveals the Protein Organization of the Algal CO2-Concentrating Mechanism. Cell. 2017;171:133-147.e14 pubmed publisher
    ..These results provide an overview of proteins operating in the eukaryotic algal CCM, a key process that drives global carbon fixation. ..
  7. Zhang X, Han X, Yu W, Wang P, Cheng W. Priming effects on labile and stable soil organic carbon decomposition: Pulse dynamics over two years. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0184978 pubmed publisher
    Soil organic carbon (SOC) is a major component in the global carbon cycle. Yet how input of plant litter may influence the loss of SOC through a phenomenon called priming effect remains highly uncertain...
  8. Kazemi Oskuei B, Yin X, Hashiguchi A, Bandehagh A, Komatsu S. Proteomic analysis of soybean seedling leaf under waterlogging stress in a time-dependent manner. Biochim Biophys Acta Proteins Proteom. 2017;1865:1167-1177 pubmed publisher
    ..These results suggest that waterlogging directly impairs photosynthesis and photorespiration. Furthermore, hydroxypyruvate reductase may be a critical enzyme controlling the rate of photorespiration. ..
  9. Musolff A, Selle B, Büttner O, Opitz M, Knorr K, Fleckenstein J, et al. Does iron reduction control the release of dissolved organic carbon and phosphate at catchment scales? Need for a joint research effort. Glob Chang Biol. 2017;23:e5-e6 pubmed publisher
    ..Increasing concentrations of dissolved iron and DOC are likely linked to decreasing nitrogen depositon. ..

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  1. Piper F, Sepúlveda P, Bustos Salazar A, Zúñiga Feest A. Carbon allocation to growth and storage in two evergreen species of contrasting successional status. Am J Bot. 2017;104:654-662 pubmed publisher
    ..globulus prioritized C storage instead of growth, whereas L. apiculata prioritized growth and lateral branching. Our results suggest that shade tolerance depends on efficient light capture rather than C conservation traits. ..
  2. Liu Y, Wang C, Chen M. Carbon flow analysis of China's agro-ecosystem from 1980 to 2013: A perspective from substance flow analysis. J Environ Sci (China). 2017;55:20-32 pubmed publisher
  3. Kopetz H. Renewable resources: Build a biomass energy market. Nature. 2013;494:29-31 pubmed publisher
  4. De Mandal S, Chatterjee R, Kumar N. Dominant bacterial phyla in caves and their predicted functional roles in C and N cycle. BMC Microbiol. 2017;17:90 pubmed publisher
    ..These results will be useful in documenting the biospeleology of this region and systematic understanding of bacterial communities in natural sediment environments as well. ..
  5. Freedman A, Tan B, Thompson J. Microbial potential for carbon and nutrient cycling in a geogenic supercritical carbon dioxide reservoir. Environ Microbiol. 2017;19:2228-2245 pubmed publisher
  6. Averett N. Healthy Ground, Healthy Atmosphere: Recarbonizing the Earth's Soils. Environ Health Perspect. 2016;124:A30-5 pubmed publisher
  7. Noguerola I, Picazo A, Llirós M, Camacho A, Borrego C. Diversity of freshwater Epsilonproteobacteria and dark inorganic carbon fixation in the sulphidic redoxcline of a meromictic karstic lake. FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2015;91: pubmed publisher
  8. Yu Y, Chen J, Yang X, Fan W, Li M, He L. Influence of site index on the relationship between forest net primary productivity and stand age. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0177084 pubmed publisher
    ..These differences have implications on the methodology for estimating the spatial distribution of forest carbon sources and sinks. ..
  9. Xu C, McDowell N, Sevanto S, Fisher R. Our limited ability to predict vegetation dynamics under water stress. New Phytol. 2013;200:298-300 pubmed publisher
  10. Shao C, Chen J, Chu H, Lafortezza R, Dong G, Abraha M, et al. Grassland productivity and carbon sequestration in Mongolian grasslands: The underlying mechanisms and nomadic implications. Environ Res. 2017;159:124-134 pubmed publisher
    ..This study implies that diverse grassland ecosystems will respond differently to climate change in the future and can be seen as nature-based solutions (NBS) supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. ..
  11. Chen Y, Li J, Ju W, Ruan H, Qin Z, Huang Y, et al. Quantitative assessments of water-use efficiency in Temperate Eurasian Steppe along an aridity gradient. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0179875 pubmed publisher
    ..This study could facilitate the understanding of the interactions between terrestrial carbon and water cycles, and thus contribute to a sustainable management of nature resources in the dryland ecosystems. ..
  12. Blankenship R. Early evolution of photosynthesis. Plant Physiol. 2010;154:434-8 pubmed publisher
  13. Epron D, Nouvellon Y, Ryan M. Introduction to the invited issue on carbon allocation of trees and forests. Tree Physiol. 2012;32:639-43 pubmed publisher
  14. Brocks J, Jarrett A, Sirantoine E, Hallmann C, Hoshino Y, Liyanage T. The rise of algae in Cryogenian oceans and the emergence of animals. Nature. 2017;548:578-581 pubmed publisher
    ..This effect is recorded by the concomitant appearance of biomarkers for sponges and predatory rhizarians, and the subsequent radiation of eumetazoans in the Ediacaran period. ..
  15. Piccini I, Arnieri F, Caprio E, Nervo B, Pelissetti S, Palestrini C, et al. Greenhouse gas emissions from dung pats vary with dung beetle species and with assemblage composition. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0178077 pubmed publisher
    ..As the mix of multiple species proved the most effective in reducing CO2-equivalents, the conservation of diverse assemblages of dung beetles emerges as a priority in agro-pastoral ecosystems. ..
  16. Li F, Wang L, Zhao Y. Evolvement rules of basin flood risk under low-carbon mode. Part I: response of soil organic carbon to land use change and its influence on land use planning in the Haihe basin. Environ Monit Assess. 2017;189:377 pubmed publisher
    Soil organic carbon (SOC) plays an important role in the global carbon cycle. The aim of this study was to evaluate the response of SOC to land use change and its influence on land use planning in the Haihe basin, and provide planning ..
  17. Ward B. Oceans. How nitrogen is lost. Science. 2013;341:352-3 pubmed publisher
  18. Votier S, Sherley R. Seabirds. Curr Biol. 2017;27:R448-R450 pubmed publisher
    ..In this Quick Guide, Votier and Sherley explain how diverse seabirds play important roles in ecosystem functioning, global nutrient cycling and climate regulation, but are declining in the face of multiple threats. ..
  19. Cleveland C, Reed S, Keller A, Nemergut D, O Neill S, Ostertag R, et al. Litter quality versus soil microbial community controls over decomposition: a quantitative analysis. Oecologia. 2014;174:283-94 pubmed
  20. Rotaru A, Thamdrup B. BIOGEOCHEMISTRY. A new diet for methane oxidizers. Science. 2016;351:658 pubmed publisher