Nature – Pellegrini et al. (2021): Fire effects on the persistence of soil organic matter and long-term carbon storage

Adam F. A. Pellegrini, Jennifer Harden, Katerina Georgiou, Kyle S. Hemes, Avni Malhotra, Connor J. Nolan, Robert B. Jackson IN: Nature Geoscience (2021),

The authors review recent advances to illustrate that fire-driven changes in decomposition, mediated by altered soil organic matter (SOM) stability, are an important compensatory process offsetting declines in aboveground biomass pools. Given that 70% of global topsoil C is in fire-prone regions, using fire to promote SOM stability may be an important nature-based climate solution to increase C storage.