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Microbial and biogeochemical processes controlling soil carbon storage

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Soils contain more carbon than the atmosphere or terrestrial vegetation together. For this reason, decomposition of even a small part of the organic matter in soils can have a major impact on the quantity of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and thus Earth´s climate. Whether terrestrial ecosystems will capture, store or release carbon is highly dependent on the complex interactions between the organic matter, the physical and chemical conditions, and the activity of microbial degraders. During the last years, great advances have been made in characterizing soil organic matter and its interaction with mineral particles, describing the structure and activity of natural microbial communities, and in identifying enzymes and processes involved in microbial decomposition of litter material, which have stimulated the development of new conceptual models that explain the formation and turnover of soil organic matter. The aim of this two-days workshop is to bring together scientists from these research areas to discuss, in and open and informal atmosphere, how their knowledge and scientific approaches can contribute to a mechanistic understanding of the complex biotic and abiotic processes that control the stability of soil C.


We offer 40 seats – first come, first served!

Registration deadline: August 15, contact tomas [dot] johansson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Registration fee: 3,000 SEK (incl. food and stay at Örenäs)


Keynote Speakers

Petr Baldrian (The Czech Academy of Sciences)

Seasonality of microbiome activity in the temperate forest soil: carbon utilization, decomposers and mycorrhizal symbionts

Markus Kleber (Oregon State University)

What, exactly, is “stable” organic matter?

Angel T. Martinez (The Biological Research Center (CIB) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC))

Fungal enzymes and carbon storage in soil

Darcy McRose (California Institute of Technology)

Physiological functions for extracellular electron shuttles

Martin Obst (University of Beyrueth)

Characterization of redox-active organic matter by synchrotron-based approaches

Anna Rosling (Uppsala University)

Getting to the nutrients in soil - The unbutton model

Lars Tranvik (Uppsala University)

Decay of organic matter - similar or different in soils and water?


Organizing committee: Anders Tunlid and Per Persson

9 September 2019 09:00 to 10 September 2019 15:00
Örenäs Castle, Skåne
tomas.johansson [at]

About the event

9 September 2019 09:00 to 10 September 2019 15:00
Örenäs Castle, Skåne
tomas.johansson [at]