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Billing's Research Featured on KU Today

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sharon Billings's project funded by the National Science Foundation is featured as the lead story on KU Today for January 11, 2013.  Her project, Temperature sensitivity of substrate decomposition from enzymes to microbial communities explores the study of microorganisms in the soil that break down organic matter like dead plants and emit heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere.  The warmer the world gets, the busier the microorganisms in many places may get, producing more greenhouse gases.  Billings stressed that scientists must understand the specific means by which warming boosts microbial respiration in soil – a key process that produces CO2.

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