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Rhizosphere carbon dynamics


The flow of carbon from plants to soils is one of the least understood processes in forests. Soils contain a large amount of carbon, and as a consequence, small-scale losses and gains within this pool can have tremendous impacts at ecosystem scales. We focus on carbon dynamics in rhizospheres, the region around roots and their symbionts. That is, we investigate the loss of carbon from roots and its interaction with soil fungi. 

Relevant publications

Hupperts S, Karst J, Pritsch K, Landhäusser S. Host phenology and potential saprotrophism of ectomycorrhizal fungi of aspen in the boreal forest. Submitted to Functional Ecology February, 2016

Karst J, Gaster J, Wiley E, Landhäusser SM. Stress differentially causes roots of tree seedlings to leak carbon. Submitted to Tree Physiology, February 2016

Karst J and Landhäusser SM. 2014. Low soil temperatures increase carbon reserves in Picea mariana and Pinus contorta. Annals of Forest Science 71: 371-380