Mineral weathering and element cycling in soil-microorganism-plant system

Yong Guan Zhu, Gui Lan Duan, Bao Dong Chen, Xin Hua Peng, Zheng Chen, Guo Xin Sun

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Soil is an essential part of the critical zone, and soil-microbe-plant system serves as a key link among lithosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. As one of the habitats with the richest biodiversity, soil plays a critical role in element biogeochemistry on the earth surface (weathered crust). Here we review the soil biological processes that are relevant to mineral weathering, element cycling, and transformation, with an emphasis on rock weathering mediated by soil microbes, plant root and the rhizosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)888-896
Number of pages9
JournalScience China Earth Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • geobiology
  • microorganism
  • plant
  • soil

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