New paper by a group of authors from our department, lead by our PhD student Petr Čapek, has been published in Functional Ecology. For the first time, they directly quantify the concentration of available phosphorus at which soil microbial communities become phosphorus limited. This information will enable a substantial improvement of mathematical models describing the dynamics of entire ecosystems. One unexpected result of this study is that soil microbes are able to store P compounds, which allows them to temporarily grow without the presence of P in the soil.

Petr Čapek, Petr Kotas, Stefano Manzoni and Hana Šantrůčková (2016): Drivers of phosphorus limitation across soil microbial communities. Functional Ecology 30: 1705-1713