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Belowground ecology: roots, microbes, and soils

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Photo: Rob Jackson

The longest-running research project in our group is to understand how plant, soil, and microbial attributes influence plant productivity and water and nutrient cycling. Our work has included the first global analysis of plant rooting distributions (e.g., Jackson et al. 1996 Oecologia and subsequent papers) and the first continental-scale measurements of microbial diversity in soils, and the factors predicting them (e.g., Fierer and Jackson 2006 PNAS).