The effects of temperature and moisture on alpine microbial processes across a gradient of soil development
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Alpine ecosystems are being transformed by global change. Climate change and atmospheric nitrogen deposition are exposing soils to novel temperature regimes, melting alpine glaciers, altering precipitation patterns, and directly introducing bioavailable nutrients. Because microbial communities are important drivers of nutrient cycling and ecosystem function in the alpine, and because temperature, moisture and nutrient availability are primary controls of microbial abundance and activity, it is likely that microbial linkages exist between global change and ecosystem-level consequences of global ...