Anthropogenic N deposition alters the composition of expressed class II fungal peroxidases

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  • Here, we present evidence that ca. 20 years of experimental N deposition altered the composition of lignin-decaying class II peroxidases expressed by forest floor fungi, a response which has occurred concurrently with reductions in plant litter decomposition and a rapid accumulation of soil organic matter. This finding suggests that anthropogenic N deposition has induced changes in the biological mediation of lignin decay, the rate limiting step in plant litter decomposition. Thus, an altered composition of transcripts for a critical gene that is associated with terrestrial C cycling may explain the increased soil C storage under long-term increases in anthropogenic N deposition.
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  • Entwistle EM; Romanowicz KJ; Argiroff WA; Freedman ZB; Morris JJ; Zak DR
  • Volume

  • 84
  • Issue

  • 9