Building a global database of soil microbial biomass and function: a call for collaboration

A CALL FOR COLLABORATION

  • Gabriel R. Smith Department of Biology, Stanford University, 371 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305, USA; Global Ecosystem Ecology, Institute of Integrative Biology, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zürich, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Thomas W. Crowther Global Ecosystem Ecology, Institute of Integrative Biology, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zürich, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Nico Eisenhauer German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Deutscher Platz 5e, 04103 Leipzig, Germany; Leipzig University, Institute of Biology, Deutscher Platz 5e, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
  • Johan van den Hoogen Global Ecosystem Ecology, Institute of Integrative Biology, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zürich, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland

Abstract

Global analyses are emerging as valuable complements to local and regional scale studies in ecology and are useful for examining many of the major environmental issues that we face today. Soil ecology has significantly benefited from these developments, with recent syntheses unearthing interesting, unexpected biogeographic patterns in belowground biotic communities. However, some questions still remain unanswered, and the accuracy of these studies is inevitably limited by the extent of the data they draw upon. This is a particular problem in global ecology because most datasets used exhibit geographic bias in sample distribution. Here, we work towards addressing this problem with an open call for collaboration on a planned global analysis of soil phospholipid fatty acid and potential enzyme activity measurements. We summarize the current extent of our dataset, outline the planned analyses, and provide information for prospective collaborators who would like to contribute or learn more.

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Published
2019-12-01
How to Cite
Smith, G. R., Crowther, T. W., Eisenhauer, N., & van den Hoogen, J. (2019). Building a global database of soil microbial biomass and function: a call for collaboration. SOIL ORGANISMS, 91(3), 140–143. https://doi.org/10.25674/so91iss3pp140
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