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Title: Microbial dynamics and soil physicochemical properties explain large‐scale variations in soil organic carbon

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  1. Le Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement IPSL‐LSCECEA/CNRS/UVSQ Saclay Gif‐sur‐Yvette France, Department Geoscience, Environment &, Society Université Libre de Bruxelles Bruxelles Belgium
  2. Le Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement IPSL‐LSCECEA/CNRS/UVSQ Saclay Gif‐sur‐Yvette France, Institute of Geography University of Augsburg Augsburg Germany
  3. CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Aspendale Vic. Australia
  4. Le Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement IPSL‐LSCECEA/CNRS/UVSQ Saclay Gif‐sur‐Yvette France
  5. Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory National Center for Atmospheric Research Boulder CO USA, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research University of Colorado Boulder CO USA
  6. Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems Eberswalde Germany
  7. Soil &, Landscape Science School of Molecular &, Life Sciences Faculty of Science &, Engineering Curtin University Perth WA Australia
  8. Laboratoire de Géologie de l'ENS PSL Research University Paris Cedex 05 France
  9. UMR ECOSYS INRA AgroParisTech Université Paris‐Saclay Thiverval‐Grignon France
  10. South China Botanical Garden Chinese Academy of Sciences Guangzhou China
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Journal Name: Global Change Biology Journal Volume: 26 Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1354-1013
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Zhang, Haicheng, Goll, Daniel S., Wang, Ying‐Ping, Ciais, Philippe, Wieder, William R., Abramoff, Rose, Huang, Yuanyuan, Guenet, Bertrand, Prescher, Anne‐Katrin, Viscarra Rossel, Raphael A., Barré, Pierre, Chenu, Claire, Zhou, Guoyi, and Tang, Xuli. Microbial dynamics and soil physicochemical properties explain large‐scale variations in soil organic carbon. United Kingdom: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1111/gcb.14994.
Zhang, Haicheng, Goll, Daniel S., Wang, Ying‐Ping, Ciais, Philippe, Wieder, William R., Abramoff, Rose, Huang, Yuanyuan, Guenet, Bertrand, Prescher, Anne‐Katrin, Viscarra Rossel, Raphael A., Barré, Pierre, Chenu, Claire, Zhou, Guoyi, & Tang, Xuli. Microbial dynamics and soil physicochemical properties explain large‐scale variations in soil organic carbon. United Kingdom. doi:10.1111/gcb.14994.
Zhang, Haicheng, Goll, Daniel S., Wang, Ying‐Ping, Ciais, Philippe, Wieder, William R., Abramoff, Rose, Huang, Yuanyuan, Guenet, Bertrand, Prescher, Anne‐Katrin, Viscarra Rossel, Raphael A., Barré, Pierre, Chenu, Claire, Zhou, Guoyi, and Tang, Xuli. Wed . "Microbial dynamics and soil physicochemical properties explain large‐scale variations in soil organic carbon". United Kingdom. doi:10.1111/gcb.14994.
title = {Microbial dynamics and soil physicochemical properties explain large‐scale variations in soil organic carbon},
author = {Zhang, Haicheng and Goll, Daniel S. and Wang, Ying‐Ping and Ciais, Philippe and Wieder, William R. and Abramoff, Rose and Huang, Yuanyuan and Guenet, Bertrand and Prescher, Anne‐Katrin and Viscarra Rossel, Raphael A. and Barré, Pierre and Chenu, Claire and Zhou, Guoyi and Tang, Xuli},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1111/gcb.14994},
journal = {Global Change Biology},
number = 4,
volume = 26,
place = {United Kingdom},
year = {2020},
month = {2}

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