Soils are the largest terrestrial store of carbon and one of the most important natural sources of CO2
in the atmosphere. The process of soil organic matter decomposition helps determine soil fertility, and provides important sources and sinks of non CO2
greenhouse gases that influence climate change. The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry investigates the sensitivity of soil carbon fluxes to environmental changes and how the interactions among vegetation, climate, soil organisms and soil properties determine soil carbon storage.