ERE Energy, Resources and the Environment
The 2021 Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award is awarded to Weilin Huang for the poster/PICO entitled:
Implementation of mycorrhizal mechanisms in a soil carbon model improves predictions of long-term plant litter decomposition processes (Huang, W.; van Bodegom, P.; Viskari, T.; Liski, J.; Soudzilovskaia, N.)
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Weilin Huang is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Faculty of Science of Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on modelling the microbial impact of mycorrhiza on soil carbon sequestration and examining how land-use change and climate change will influence plant-microbial interactions and their role in soil carbon dynamics.
The awarded PICO presentation discusses the implementation of mycorrhizal impact on the plant litter decomposition process based on the mechanisms of mycorrhizal types and litter quality. Adding the mycorrhizal module into the soil carbon model Yasso improves the prediction accuracy in temporal dynamics of litter decomposition. It helps determine the relative importance of mycorrhizal associations and climate on litter decomposition process and reduced the uncertainties in estimating soil carbon sequestration.