Jie Zhou

Jie Zhou
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen | GAUG · Division of Soil Science

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The release of organic compounds from plant roots (rhizodeposits) and their subsequent utilization by soil microbial communities is a key process linking atmospheric and terrestrial carbon (C) and nutrient cycling. However, the effects of land-use types on rhizodeposit-mediated alteration of microbial community structure and its consequences for so...
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Many anthropogenic pressures are being exerted on terrestrial ecosystems globally, perhaps the most pressing of which include microplastics (MPs; <5 mm in size) pollution and climate change, both of which may have unpredictable consequences on soil ecosystem functioning. We therefore hypothesized that a dual pressure (MPs and warming) on plant-soil...
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Biodegradable mulch film potentially offers an encouraging alternative to conventional (petroleum-based) plastic films. Since biodegradable films are more susceptible to rapid degradation and more microplastics (MPs) might be generated than conventional films within the same time frame, probably leading to more severe MPs pollution and associated e...
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PurposeStraw incorporation is an important management practice in global agriculture. However, present straw returning usually focus on returning straw into the topsoil, while neglecting the amendment of subsoil. The study aims to investigate the effect of different straw returning strategies on soil quality and wheat productivity, and to develop r...
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PurposeIncreasing crop yield to ensure global food security while decreasing carbon footprint (CF) is a challenge for sustainable agriculture. Although intercropping is suggested as a potential pathway in this regard, the balance between yield advantage and CF is unclear, especially under different nitrogen (N) application rates.MethodsA two-year f...
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Agroforestry systems are characterized by a high complexity between vegetation components and niche partitioning. In a crop-grass-tree agroforestry system, rape, willow, and grasses were in situ pulse labeled separately with 13CO2 for 6 h, and 13C was traced in shoots, roots, topsoil (0–15 cm) and subsoil (15–30 cm), microbial biomass carbon (C), a...
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Marginal land conversion to perennial energy crops can provide biomass feedstocks and climate change mitigation. However, the effect of perennial energy crop cultivation on soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration and its underlying mechanism in marginal land still remains incomplete. Here, SOC turnover, stability, and its potential sequestration we...
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Aims Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) straw decomposition and nutrient release (N, K, and P) processes were investigated using a 3-pool model (labile, intermediate, and resistant) to understand the determinant factors. Methods A two-year field experiment was carried out with a split-plot design: the main plot contained two irrigation regimes, while th...
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Consequences of interactions between ectomycorrhizal fungi (EcMF) and non-mycorrhizal rhizosphere fungi (NMRF) for plant carbon (C) allocation belowground and nutrient cycling in soil remain unknown. To address this topic, we performed a mesocosm study with Norway spruce seedlings (Picea abies (L.) H. Karst) inoculated with EcMF, NMRF, or a mixture...
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Microorganisms are critical for litter decomposition, organic carbon (C) and nutrient transformations in soil, corresponding to the vegetation succession. The dynamics of microbial activities and ecological functions during the soil recovery after agricultural land use (post-agricultural restoration) remains unclear. We investigated the effects of...
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Contemporary wisdom suggests that inclusion of legumes into crop rotations benefit subsequent cereal crop yields. To investigate whether this maxim was generically scalable, we contrast summer soybean–winter wheat (SW) with summer maize–winter wheat (MW) rotation systems in an extensive field campaign in the North China Plain (NCP). We identify her...
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Purpose Intercropping is an important agricultural management that has been applied worldwide. Although intercropping improves soil nutrients and crop productivity, its effects on the microbial-mediated belowground processes and main drivers remain unclear. Methods We performed the same field study at two sites (Site1, Youyu; Site2, Zhangbei) by g...
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It is unavoidable that microplastics (MPs; <5 mm in diameter) are becoming widespread in agroecosystem. However, these changes act upon the agroecosystem with far-reaching but poorly understood consequences on ecosystem functions and subsequent plant-soil health. MPs could change a broad of essential soil biogeochemical processes by effecting soil...
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Recycling of livestock manure in agroecosystems has been shown to enhance the sustainability of food production and reduce adverse environmental consequences from intensive crop-livestock systems. However, the effect of manure application on the associations between soil quality and ecosystem multifunctionality still remains poorly understood. Here...
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Understanding carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) sequestration in diversified cropping systems provides a pivotal insight for soil health management. Here, the soil was sampled from an ongoing field experiment (five years) with three cropping systems: i) winter wheat/summer maize, ii) winter wheat/summer maize-early soybean, and iii) fallow. We evaluated...
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Plastics and herbicides represent two of the most extensive and persistent anthropogenic contaminants entering agroecosystems. The synergistic interaction of these pollutants on soil health, however, remains poorly understood. For the first time, we investigated the behavior of a common selective triazine herbicide (simazine) in soil containing 0,...
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Microplastics (MPs) pollution has attracted global attention in recent years. Despite the remarkable benefits arising from the production of plastic for film mulching, irrigation, and organic fertilizer application, there are increasing concerns associated with the vast amount of plastic entering the agroecosystems and its subsequent potential envi...
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Soil aggregates not only store carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) but hold a critical role in determining the nutrients supply, crop productivity, and climate change mitigation. However, the impact of cropping system and N fertilization on aggregate-associated C and N in both topsoil and subsoil remains unclear. Here, we assessed the effect of cropping sy...
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Tricholoma matsutake forms a symbiotic association with coniferous trees, developing mycelial aggregations, called ‘shiro’, which are characterized by distinct chemical and physical properties from nearby forest bulk soil. The fungal diversity living in shiro soil play key roles in nutrient cycles for this economically important mushroom, but have...
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Climate change impacts soil microbial communities, activities and functionality. Nonetheless, the responses of the microbiome in soil microenvironments with contrasting substrate availability in the rhizosphere to climatic stresses such as drought are largely unknown. To fill this knowledge gap, we coupled soil zymography with site-specific micro-s...
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Microplastics (MPs, <5 mm in diameter) have been widely recognized as a critical environmental issue due to their extensive use and low degradation rate. Based on current evidence, our aim is to evaluate whether MPs represent an emerging threat to plant-soil health in agroecosystems. We assess the ecological risks to plant-microbe-soil interactions...
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Plastics accumulating in the environment, especially microplastics (defined as particles <5 mm), can lead to a range of problems and potential loss of ecosystem services. Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are biodegradable plastics used in mulch films, and in packaging material to minimize plastic waste and to reduce soil pollution. Little is known, how...
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Quantification of legume nitrogen (N) rhizodeposition (N derived from root) and its fate in agroecosystems is crucial for soil fertility, land productivity, and agricultural sustainability. In contrast to forage legumes, the N rhizodeposition by grain legumes is nearly unknown. Therefore, N rhizodeposition of four grain legumes and its transfer to...
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Labile carbon (C) inputs to soil (e.g., litter and root exudation) can prime soil organic matter (SOM) decomposition, and strongly influence SOM dynamics. The direction and intensity of priming, as well as the net C balance in soil, depend on the amount and frequency of labile C inputs. Most recent priming studies are based on single C additions, w...
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Despite plastics providing great benefits to our daily life, plastics accumulating in the environment, especially microplastics (MPs; defined as particles <5 mm), can lead to a range of problems and potential loss of ecosystem services. Current research has demonstrated the significant impact of MPs on aquatic systems, but little is known about the...
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The Paris climate agreement is pursuing efforts to limit the increase in global temperature to below 2 °C above pre-industrial level. The overall consequence of relatively slight warming (~2 °C), on soil C and N stocks will be dependent on microorganisms decomposing organic matter through release of extracellular enzymes. Therefore, the capacity of...
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Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) represent an important route for plant carbon (C) input to soil, and regulate below-ground organic matter (SOM) storage. However, the C sequestration depends on plant C input and rhizosphere priming effect (RPE), and both processes affected by AMF colonization, which makes the C balance under AMF remains largely u...
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Biochar as a carbon-rich coproduct of pyrolyzing biomass, its amendment has been advocated as a potential strategy to soil carbon (C) sequestration. Updated data derived from 50 papers with 395 paired observations were reviewed using meta-analysis procedures to examine responses of soil carbon dioxide (CO2) fluxes, soil organic C (SOC), and soil mi...

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Dear Colleagues, Nitrogen fertilization is an indispensable agricultural practice to increase crop growth and prevent food shortages for a growing population. However, the often, excessive use of nitrogen fertilizers and the increased residual inorganic nitrogen in agroecosystems adversely affect soil health and lead to water and air pollution. This special issue welcomes any new research, reviews, and opinion that address the environmental consequences of excessive nitrogen fertilizer use and/or propose management strategies to overcome such drawbacks while ensuring high-yield and sustainable agriculture. Laboratory and field experiments linking nitrogen fertilization to soil functions and ecosystem services are highlighted in this special issue. In addition, research that proposes site-specific management strategies based on the principle of synchronizing crop nitrogen requirements with nitrogen supply from all sources, including soil and fertilizers, is especially acknowledged.