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  1. Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409, USA.

    • Natasja van Gestel
  2. Department of Botany and Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73019, USA

    • Zheng Shi
  3. Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4RJ, UK.

    • Kees Jan van Groenigen
  4. Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602, USA

    • Craig W. Osenberg
  5. Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

    • Louise C. Andresen
  6. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA

    • Jeffrey S. Dukes
  7. Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA

    • Jeffrey S. Dukes
  8. School of Biological Sciences, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia.

    • Mark J. Hovenden
  9. Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011, USA

    • Yiqi Luo
    • , Edward A. G. Schuur
    •  & Bruce A. Hungate
  10. Department of Biology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011, USA

    • Yiqi Luo
    • , Edward A. G. Schuur
    •  & Bruce A. Hungate
  11. Department of Biology and Center for Permafrost, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    • Anders Michelsen
  12. Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Penrith, New South Wales 2751, Australia

    • Elise Pendall
    •  & Peter B. Reich
  13. Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota 55108, USA.

    • Peter B. Reich


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N.v.G. extracted data from the literature and constructed the database. L.C.A., J.S.D., M.J.H., A.M., E.P., P.B.R, E.A.G.S., and B.A.H supplied non-published data from specific field warming experiments, Z.S., K.J.v.G., C.W.O. and Y.L. provided feedback on data analysis, N.v.G. performed the data analysis and wrote the manuscript draft. All authors contributed to interpretation of the findings and final writing of the manuscript.

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Correspondence to Natasja van Gestel.

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    This file contains Supplementary Methods, Supplementary Tables 1-3, Supplementary Figures 1-2, Supplementary References and the R codes.

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    This file contains Supplementary Data regarding bulk density and soil organic matter.


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