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Title: Plant roots stimulate the decomposition of complex, but not simple, soil carbon

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  1. Department of Ecology &, Evolutionary Biology University of Tennessee Knoxville TN USA
  2. Environmental Sciences Division and Climate Change Science Institute Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge TN USA
  3. The Rubenstein School of Environment &, Natural Resources University of Vermont Burlington VT USA
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Functional Ecology
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Journal Name: Functional Ecology; Journal ID: ISSN 0269-8463
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United Kingdom

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Moore, Jessica A. M., Sulman, Benjamin N., Mayes, Melanie A., Patterson, Courtney M., Classen, Aimée T., and Sayer, ed., Emma. Plant roots stimulate the decomposition of complex, but not simple, soil carbon. United Kingdom: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.13510.
Moore, Jessica A. M., Sulman, Benjamin N., Mayes, Melanie A., Patterson, Courtney M., Classen, Aimée T., & Sayer, ed., Emma. Plant roots stimulate the decomposition of complex, but not simple, soil carbon. United Kingdom. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.13510.
Moore, Jessica A. M., Sulman, Benjamin N., Mayes, Melanie A., Patterson, Courtney M., Classen, Aimée T., and Sayer, ed., Emma. Tue . "Plant roots stimulate the decomposition of complex, but not simple, soil carbon". United Kingdom. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.13510.
title = {Plant roots stimulate the decomposition of complex, but not simple, soil carbon},
author = {Moore, Jessica A. M. and Sulman, Benjamin N. and Mayes, Melanie A. and Patterson, Courtney M. and Classen, Aimée T. and Sayer, ed., Emma},
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doi = {10.1111/1365-2435.13510},
journal = {Functional Ecology},
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year = {2020},
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