Elevated CO2 levels in atmosphere increase plant carbon uptake but decrease soil carbon storage

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Increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are boosting the uptake of carbon by plants but may decrease carbon storage in the soil.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory was among an international team, led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who synthesized 108 elevated carbon dioxide, or CO2, experiments performed in various ecosystems to find out how much carbon is absorbed by plants and soil. The research appears in the journal Nature.

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