• M.L. Bouffaud
  • M. Buée
  • Wim Dimmers
  • M. Girlanda
  • R.I. Griffiths
  • H-B. Jørgensen
  • J. Jensen
  • Pierre Plassart
  • Dirk Redecker
  • R.M. Schmelz
  • O. Schmidt
  • B.C. Thomson
  • Emilie Tisserant
  • S. Uroz
  • A. Winding
  • M.J. Bailey
  • M. Bonkowski
  • Jack H. Faber
  • F. Martin
  • P. Lemanceau
Soil organisms have an important role in aboveground community dynamics and ecosystem functioning in terrestrial ecosystems. However, most studies have considered soil biota as a black box or focussed on specific groups, whereas little is known about entire soil networks. Here we show that during the course of nature restoration on abandoned arable land a compositional shift in soil biota, preceded by tightening of the belowground networks, corresponds with enhanced efficiency of carbon uptake. In mid- and long-term abandoned field soil, carbon uptake by fungi increases without an increase in fungal biomass or shift in bacterial-to-fungal ratio. The implication of our findings is that during nature restoration the efficiency of nutrient cycling and carbon uptake can increase by a shift in fungal composition and/or fungal activity. Therefore, we propose that relationships between soil food web structure and carbon cycling in soils need to be reconsidered
Original languageEnglish
Article number14349
JournalNature Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • international

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