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Title of Research Project
Carbon transfers at Sourhope - from plant to soil organic matter

 

Research workers:

PI

Prof Phil Ineson Department of Biology 
University of York
PO Box 373, York
YO10 5YW
pi2@york.ac.uk

Co-PI

Prof Alistair Fitter As above ahf1@york.ac.uk
PDRA Lisa Cole Department of Biology 
University of York
PO Box 373, York
YO10 5YW
lc19@york.ac.uk
       

Abstract
The aim of the study is to follow the incorporation of carbon at the Sourhope Soil Biodiversity field site from atmospheric carbon dioxide through the soil fauna into soil organic matter. This will be achieved through the introduction and monitoring of a 13CO2 label in the field and will investigate the role played by individual plant and soil faunal species in in situ C transfers at Sourhope. We will determine the extent to which plant and faunal biodiversity interact to control the fate of carbon in the soil and the project will involve a multi-disciplinary consortium of five groups (in three Institutions) working in a closely co-ordinated programme of research at Sourhope., using the same plots, plants species and pulse labelling experiments.