Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory


To access publications please go to M. Francesca Cotrufo on ResearchGate.

Ramlow M, and Cotrufo M. F. (2017) Woody biochar’s greenhouse gas mitigation potential across fertilized and non fertilized agricultural soils, and soil moisture regimes. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. in press.

Andres P., Moore, J.C., Cotrufo M.F., Denef, K., Haddix, M.L., Molowny-Horas, R., Riba, M., Wall, D.H, (2017) Grazing and edaphic properties mediate soil biotic response to altered precipitation patterns in a semiarid prairie. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 113: 263-274.

Chabbi, A., Lehmann, J., Ciais, P. Loescher, H., Cotrufo, M.F., Don, A., SanClements, M., Schipper, L., Six, J., Smith, P. and Rumpel C. (2017) Aligning agriculture and climate policy. Nature Climate Change, 7: 307-309.

Rhoades, C. Minatre, K., Pierson, D., Fegel, T., Cotrufo, M.F. and Kelly, E. (2017) Examining the Potential of Forest Residue-Based Amendments For Post-Wildfire Rehabilitation in Colorado, USA. Scientifica,

Butnor, JR, Samuelson LJ, Johnsen KH, Anderson PH, González Benecke CA, Boot CM, Cotrufo MF, Heckman KA, Jackson JA, Stokes TA, Zarnoch SJ (2017) Vertical distribution and persistence of soil organic carbon in fire-adapted longleaf pine forests. Forestry, Ecology and Management, 390:15-26

Pressler Y, Foster E. Cotrufo M.F., Moore J. (2017) Coupled biochar amendment and limited irrigation strategies do not affect a degraded soil food web in a maize agroecosystem, compared to the native grassland. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12429

da Silva Oliveira D.M., Paustian K., Cotrufo M.F., Fiallosa A.R., Cerqueira A.G., Cerri C.E.P. (2017) Assessing labile organic carbon in soils undergoing land use change in Brazil: a comparison of approaches. Ecological Indicators.72:411-419.

Cotrufo M.F., Boot C., Kampf S., Nelson P.,  Haddix M.L., Ryan S., Rathburn S., MacDonald L., Brogan D.J., Schmeer S., Covino T. and Hall, E. (2016) Redistribution of pyrogenic carbon from hillslopes to stream sediments following a large montane wildfire. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 30, doi:10.1002/2016GB005467

Cotrufo M.F., Boot C., Abiven, S., Foster E.J., Haddix M.L., Peisser M., Wurster C.M., Bird M.I., Schmidt M.W.I. (2016) Toward an accurate quantification of pyrogenic carbon in the environment: An integration of analytical approaches. Organic Geochemistry, 100:42-50.

Foster EJ, Hansen N, Wallenstein M, Cotrufo MF (2016) Biochar and manure amendments impact soil nutrients and microbial enzymatic activities in a semi-arid irrigated maize cropping system. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 233, 404-414.

Mitchell, E., Scheer, C., Rowlings, D., Conant, R.T., Grace, P., Cotrufo, M.F., Van Delden, L., (2016) The influence of agricultural management strategies on GHG fluxes and stable SOM formation in a sandy soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry.101:104-113

Campbell, E.E., Parton, W.J., Soong, J.L., Paustian, K., Hobbs, N.T.,  Cotrufo, M.F. (2016). Tracking the fate of litter carbon using the Litter Decomposition and Leaching (LIDEL) model. Soil, Biology and Biochemistry, 100:160-174.

Soong J., Dam M., Wall D.H., Cotrufo M. F. (2016) Fire in the tallgrass prairie: belowground biological responses to pyrogenic organic matter inputs and fire history. Journal of Functional Ecology, in press

Jiang X., Haddix M.L., Cotrufo M.F. (2016) Interactions between biochar and soil organic carbon decomposition: Effects of nitrogen and low molecular weight carbon compound addition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 100:92-101.

McKee G., Soong J.L., Calderon F., Borch T., Cotrufo M.F. (2016) An integrated spectroscopic and wet chemical approach to investigate grass litter decomposition chemistry. Biogeochemistry, 128:107–123

Shaw, E.A., K Denef, CM de Tomasel, MF Cotrufo, DH Wall (2016) Burning Management in the tallgrass prairie affects root decomposition, soil food web structure and carbon flow. SOIL, 2, 199-210.

Andrés, P., Moore J.C., Simpson R.T., Selby G., Cotrufo, M.F., Denef K., Haddix M.L., Shaw E.A., de Tomasel C.M., Molowny R.,   Wall D.H.,  (2016) Soil food web stability in response to grazing in a semi-arid prairie: the importance of soil heterogeneity. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 97:131-143

Bingham D. & Cotrufo, M.F. (2016). Organic nitrogen storage in mineral soil: implication for policy and management. Science of the Total Environment, 551-552:116-126

Haddix  M.H., Paul E., Cotrufo M.F. (2016) Dual, differential isotope labeling shows the preferential movement of labile plant carbon into mineral-bonded soil organic matter. Global Change Biology,  22, 2301–2312

Soong J., Vandegehuchte M.L., Horton A.J., Nielsen U.N., Denef K, Shaw E. A., Milano de Tomasel C., Parton W., Wall D.H., Cotrufo M. F. (2016) Soil microarthropods support ecosystem productivity and soil C accrual: evidence from a litter decomposition study in the tallgrass prairie. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 92:230-238

Cotrufo M.F., Soong J.L., Horton A.J., Campbell E.E., Haddix M.H., Wall D.L., Parton W.J. (2015) Soil organic matter formation from biochemical and physical pathways of litter mass loss. Nature Geosciences, doi:10.1038/ngeo2520

Smith P., House J. I., Bustamante M., Sobocka J., Harper R.. ,Pan G., West P., Clark J., Adhya T., Rumpel C., Paustian K., Kuikman P., Cotrufo M.F., Elliott J. A., McDowell R ., Griffiths R.I., Asakawa S., Bondeau A., Jain A. K., Meersmans J., Pugh T.A.M. (2015). Global Change Pressures on Soils from Land Use and Management. Global Change Biology, in press.

Bingham A.H., & Cotrufo M.F. (2015) Organic nitrogen storage in mineral soil: implications for policy and management. SOIL Discuss., 2, 587–618.

Smith,P., M. F. Cotrufo, C. Rumpel, K. Paustian, P. J. Kuikman, J. A. Elliott, R. McDowell, R. I. Griffiths, S. Asakawa, M. Bustamante, J. I. House, J. Sobocká, R. Harper, G. Pan, P. C. West, J. S. Gerber, J. M. Clark,T. Adhya, R. J. Scholes, and M. C. Scholes (2015) Biogeochemical cycles and biodiversity as key drivers of ecosystem services provided by soils. SOIL Discuss., 2, 537–586.

Rodeghiero M, Martinez C, Cotrufo MF, Alberti G, Magnani F, Zanotelli D, Gianelle D, Camin F, Cescatti A. (2015) CBelowground carbon allocation patterns as determined by the in-growth soil core 13C technique across different ecosystem types. Geoderma, in press.

Soong J.L., Parton W., Calderon F.J., Campbell E.E., Cotrufo M.F. (2015) Chemical traits of fresh or pyrolyzed aboveground plant inputs to soil determine the amount and quality of dissolved organic matter leaching during decomposition. Biogeochemistry, DOI: 10.1007/s10533-015-0079-2.

Soong J.L., Cotrufo M.F. (2015)  Annual burning of a tallgrass prairie inhibits C and N cycling in soil, increasing recalcitrant pyrogenic organic matter storage while reducing N availability. Global Change Biology, 21: 2321-2333.

Boot C., Haddix M., Paustian K., Cotrufo M.F. (2014)  Distribution of black carbon in Ponderosa pine litter and soils following the High park wildfire. Biogeosciences Discussion, 11:16799-16824.

Soong J.L., Calderon F.J., Betzen J., Cotrufo M.F. (2014) Quantifying and FTIR characterizing dissolved organic carbon and total dissolved nitrogen leaching from litter: a comparison of methods across litter types. Plant and Soil, 385:125-137.

Alberti G., Vicca S., Inglima I., Belelli-Marchesini L., Genesio L., Miglietta F., Marjanovic H., Martinez C., Matteucci G., D'Andrea E., Peressotti A., Petrella F., Rodeghiero M., Cotrufo M.F. (2014) Soil C:N stoichiometry controls carbon sink partitioning between above-ground tree biomass and soil organic matter in high fertility forests. iForest: doi:10.3832/ifor1196-008.

Cotrufo M. F., Soong J., Vandegehuchte M.L., Nguyen T., Denef K, Shaw E. A., Sylvain Z.A., Milano de Tomasel C., Nielsen U.N., Wall D.H. (2014) Naphthalene addition to soil surfaces: an effective method to suppress soil micro-arthropods with negligible direct effects on soil C dynamics. Journal of Applied Soil Ecology, 74:21-24

Jandl R., Rodeghiero M., Martinez C., Cotrufo M. F., Bampa F., van Wesemael B., Harrison R.B., Guerrini I.A., deB Richter Jr. D., Rustad L., Lorenz K., Chabbi A., Miglietta F. (2014) Current status, uncertainty and future needs in soil organic carbon monitoring. Journal of the Total Environment, 468–469, 376-383.

Gomez J. D.,  Denef K., Stewart C. E., Zheng J. & Cotrufo M. F. (2014) Biochar addition rate  influences soil microbial abundance and activity in temperate soils. European Journal of Soil Science. 65: 28-39.

Denef K., Del Galdo I., Venturi A. & Cotrufo M. F. (2013) Soil carbon and nitrogen stocks and distribution across organic matter fractions in European soils under different land use. Open Journal of Soil Science. 3: 297-313.

Soong J., Reuss D., Pinney C., Boyack T, Haddix M., Stewart C.E. & Cotrufo M. F. (2013) Design and operation of a continuous 13C and 15N labeling chamber for uniform or differential, metabolic and structural, plant tissue isotope labeling. Journal of Visualized Experiments,83 | e51117 | Page 1 of 9

Cotrufo M. F., Wallenstein M.D., Boot C., Denef K., Paul E., (2013) The Microbial Efficiency-Matrix Stabilization (MEMS) framework integrates plant litter decomposition with soil organic matter stabilization: Do labile plant inputs form stable soil organic matter? Opinion. Global Change Biology 19:988-995.

ECOPRESS interview to Dr. Cotrufo on the MEMS framework

Battipaglia G., M. Saurer, P.Cherubini, C. Calfapietra, H. McCarthy, R. Norby and M.F.Cotrufo (2013) Elevated CO2 increases tree-level intrinsic water use efficiency: insights from carbon and oxygen isotope analyses in tree rings across three forest FACE sites. New Phytologist, 197:544-554.

Field J.L., Keske C.M., Birch G., DeFoort M.W., Cotrufo M. F. (2013) Distributed biochar and bioenergy coproduction: a regionally specific case study of environmental benefits and economic impacts. Global Change Biology, Bioenergy. Doi:10.1111/gcbb.12032

Stewart C.E., Zheng J., Botte J., Cotrufo M. F. (2013). Biochar co-generated by fast pyrolysis for bio-oil production is a valuable tool to mitigate green-house gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration in temperate soils. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12001.

Zheng, J., Stewart, C.E., Cotrufo, M. F. (2012) Biochar and N fertilizer alters soil N dynamics and greenhouse gas fluxes from two temperate soils. Journal of Environmental Quality doi:10.2135/jeq2012.0019.

Cotrufo M. F., Alberti G., Inglima I., Marjanovic´ H., LeCain D., Zaldei A., Peressotti A. and Miglietta F. (2011) Decreased summer drought affects plant productivity and soil carbon dynamics in a Mediterranean woodland. Biogeosciences 8:1-11.

Cotrufo M. F., Conant R.T, Paustian K.H. (2011) Soil Organic Matter Dynamics: Land Use, Management and Climate Change. Plant and Soil, 338: 1-3.

Cotrufo M. F., Ngao J., Marzaioli F. Piermatteo D. (2010) Inter-comparison of methods for quantifying leaf litter decomposition rates. Plant and Soil, 334:365-376

Rubino M., Bertolini T., De Angelis P., D’Onofrio A., Dungait J.A.J., Evershed R.P., Lagomarsino A., Lubritto C., Merola A., Terrasi F., Cotrufo M. F.  (2010)  Carbon input belowground is the major C flux contributing to leaf litter mass loss: evidences from a 13C labelled-leaf litter experiment. Soil Biology and Biochemistry.

Cotrufo M. F., Del Galdo I, Piermatteo D (2009)  Litter decomposition: concepts, methods and future perspectives In: Integrated Methodology on soil carbon flux measurements" (Eds. W. Krutz, M. Bahn, A. Heinemeyr) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK. Pp 76-90.

Marzaioli F., Lubritto C., Del Galdo I., D’Onofrio A., Cotrufo M. F., Terrasi F. (2009) Comparison of different soil organic matter fractionation methodologies: Evidences from ultrasensitive 14C measurements. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B. doi:10.1016/j.nimb.2009.10.098

Battipaglia G., Marzaioli F., Lubritto C., Altieri S., Strumia S., Cherubini P., Cotrufo M. F. (2009) Traffic pollution affects tree-ring width and isotopic composition of Pinus pinea. Science of the Total Environment. DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.09.036.

Castaldi S, Canfora A, Fiorentino A, Natale A, Messere A, Miglietta F, Cotrufo M. F. (2009) Inhibition of nitrification activity in a Mediterranean woodland: possible role of chemicals produced by Arbutus unedo. Plant and Soil, DOI: 10.1007/s11104-008-9750-x

Battipaglia G., Saurer M., Cherubini P.,Siegwolf R.T.W., Cotrufo M. F. (2009)Tree rings indicate different drought resistance of a native (Abies alba Mill.) and a nonnative (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) species co-occurring at a dry site in Southern Italy. Forest Ecology and Management 257:820-828

Inglima I., Alberti G., Bertolini T., Vaccari F.P., Gioli B., Miglietta F., Cotrufo M. F., Peressotti A (2009) Precipitation pulses enhance respiration of  Mediterranean ecosystems:  the balance between organic and inorganic components of increased soil CO2 efflux, Global Change Biology, 15:1289-1301

Rubino M., Lubritto C., D’Onofrio A., Terrasi F., Kramer C., Gleixner G., Cotrufo M. F. (2009) Isotopic evidences for microbiologically mediated and direct C input to soil compounds from three different leaf litters during their decomposition. Environmental Chemistry Letter, 7:85-95

Lukac M, Lagomarsino A, Moscatelli MA, De Angelis P, Cotrufo MF and Godbold DL (2008) Forest soil C storage under elevated CO2 – a case of increased throughput? Forestry, doi:10.1093/forestry/cpn041

Battipaglia G, Jäggi M, Saurer M, Siegwolf R.T.W., Cotrufo M. F. (2008) Climatic sensitivity of d18O in the wood and cellulose of tree rings: Results from a mixed stand of Acer pseudoplatanus L. and Fagus sylvatica L. Palaeo, 261:193-202.

Sutton M.A., E. Nemitz, J.W. Erisman, C. Beier, K. Butterbach Bahl, P. Cellier, W. de Vries, F. Cotrufo, U. Skiba, C. Di Marco, S. Jones, P. Laville, J.F. Soussana, B. Loubet, M. Twigg, D. Famulari, J. Whitehead, M.W. Gallagher, A. Neftel, C.R. Flechard, B. Herrmann, P.L. Calanca, J.K. Schjoerring, U. Daemmgen, L. Horvath, Y.S. Tang, B.A. Emmett, A. Tietema, J. Pe~nuelas, M. Kesik, N. Brueggemann, K. Pilegaard, T. Vesala, C.L. Campbell, J.E. Olesen, U. Dragosits, M.R. Theobald, P. Levy, D.C. Mobbs, R. Milne, N. Viovy, N. Vuichard, J.U. Smith, P. Smith, P. Bergamaschi, D. Fowler, S. Reis (2007) Challanges in quantifying biosphere-atmosphere exchange of nitrogen species. Environmental Pollution: 150, 125-139

Rubino M., Lubritto C., D’Onofrio A., Terrasi F., Gleixner G., Cotrufo M. F. (2007) An isotopic method for testing the influence of leaf litter quality of C fluxes during decomposition. Oecologia, 154: 155-166

Battipaglia G, Cherubini P, Saurer M, Siegwolf R.T.W., Strumia S., Cotrufo M. F. (2007) Volcanic explosive eruptions of the Vesuvio decrease tree-ring growth but not photosynthesis rates in the surrounding forests Global Change Biology: 13, 1122-1137

Calfapietra C., De Angelis P., Gielen B., Lukac M, Moscattelli M.C., Avino G., Lagomarsino A., Polla A., Ceulemans R., Scarascia-Mugnozza G., Hoosbeck M.R., Cotrufo M. F. (2007) Nitrogen use efficiency of a short-rotation poplar plantation is increased under elevated CO2Tree Physiology

Riitta Hyvönen., Göran I. Ågren, Sune Linder, Tryggve Persson, M. Francesca Cotrufo, Alf Ekblad, Michael Freeman, Achim Grelle, Ivan A. Janssens, Paul G. Jarvis , Seppo Kellomäki, Anders Lindroth, Denis Loustau, Tomas Lundmark, Richard J. Norby, Ram Oren, Kim Pilegaard, Michael G. Ryan, Bjarni D. Sigurdsson, Monika Strömgren, Marcel van Oijen and Göran Wallin (2007) The likely impact of elevated [CO2], nitrogen deposition, increased temperature, and management on carbon sequestration in temperate and boreal forest ecosystems. A literature review. The New Phytologist - Tansley Review: 173, 463-480

Del Galdo I, WC Oechel and MF Cotrufo (2006) Past, present and future atmospheric CO2concentrations effects on soil organic matter dynamics in a chaparral ecosystem. Soil Biology Biochemistry, 38: 3235-3244

Subke J.A., Inglima I, Cotrufo M. F. (2006) Trends and methodological impacts in soil CO2 efflux partitioning: a meta-analytical review. Global Change Biology. 12: 921-943

Bertolini T, I. Inglima, M. Rubino, F. Marzaioli, C. Lubritto, J.A. Subke, A. Peressotti, M.F. Cotrufo (2006) Sampling soil derived CO2 at ambient CO2 concentration for analysis of isotopic composition. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies: 42:57-65.

Cotrufo M. F. (2006) Quantity of standing litter: a driving factor of root dynamics. Plant and Soil. 281:1-3

Godbold DL, M.R. Hoosbeek, M.Lukac, M.F. Cotrufo, I. A. Janssens, R.Ceulemans, A. Polle, E.J. Velthorst, G. Scarascia-Mugnozza, P. De Angelis, F. Miglietta, A. Peressotti(2006) Mycorrhizal hyphal turnover is the dominant carbon input to soil. Plant and Soil, 281:15-24.

Scarascia-Mugnozza G., Calfapietra C., Ceulemans R., Gielen B., Cotrufo M. F., DeAngelis P., Godbold D., Hoosbeek M.R., Kull O., Lukac M., Marek M., Miglietta F., Polle A., Raines C., Sabatti M., Anselmi N., Taylor G. (2006) Responses to elevated CO2 of a short rotation, multispecies poplar plantation. In: Managed Ecosystems and CO2: Case Studies, Processes and Perspectives (Ed. S.Long, G. Hendrey, R. Norby, M. Stitt, H.Blum, J. Noesberger). Series of Ecological Studies, Springer- Verlag, Berlin.Vol. 187

Marzaioli F., Lubritto C., Battipaglia G., Passariello I., Rubino M., Rogalla D., Strumia S., Miglietta F., D’Onofrio A., Cotrufo M. F., Terrasi F.(2005) Reconstruction of past CO2 concentration in a natural enriched site using radiocarbon dating. Radiocarbon, 47:257-263

Gielen B, C Calfapietra, M Lukac, VE Wittig, P De Angelis, IA Janssens, MC Moscatelli, S Grego, MF Cotrufo, DL Godbold, MR Hoosbeek, SP Long, F Miglietta, A Polle, CJ Bernacchi, PA Davey, R Ceulemans, GE Scarascia-Mugnozza (2005) Net carbon storage in a poplar plantation (POPFACE) after three years of free-air CO2 enrichment. Tree Physiology. 25:1399-1408

Cotrufo M. F., Drake B., Ehleringer JE (2005) Palatability trials on hardwood leaf litter grown under elevated CO2: a stable carbon isotope study. Soil, Biology & Biochemistry 37:1105-1112

Cotrufo M. F., De Angelis P. and Polle A. (2005) Leaf litter production and decomposition in a poplar short rotation coppice exposed to free air CO2 enrichment (POPFACE). Global Change Biology 11: 1-12

Subke JA, Hahn V, Battipaglia G, Linder S, Buchmann N, Cotrufo MF (2004) Feed-back interactions between needle litter decomposition and rhizosphere activity. Oecologia, 139:551-559

Subke JA, Inglima I, Peressotti A, Delle Vedeve G, Cotrufo MF (2004) A new technique to measure soil CO2 efflux at constant CO2 concentration Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 36:1013-1015

Hoosbeek M., Lukac M, van Dam D, Godbold DL, Velthorst EJ, Biondi FA, Peressotti A, Cotrufo M. F., De Andelis P., Scarascia-Mugnozza G. (2004) More new carbon in the mineral soil of a poplar plantation under Free Air Carbon Enrichment: Cause of increased priming effect? Global Biogeochemical Cycle, 18, GB1040 (1-7).

Gianfrani L., Rocco A., G. Battipaglia, A. Castrillo, G. Gagliardi, A. Peressotti, M.F. Cotrufo, and (2004) Assessing soil respiration by means of near-infrared diode laser spectroscopy. Applied spectroscopy, 58 (9):1051-1056.

Cotrufo MF, Delle Vedeve G., Subke JA, Inglima I, Alberti G, Peressotti A  (2004) Litter decomposition and soil CO2 efflux on the Mediterranean island of Pianosa. Journal of Mediterranean Ecology 5: 23-29

Baraldi R., Vaccari F.P., Colom R.P., Cotrufo M. F., D’Acqui L.P (2004). The Pianosa-Lab project: an integrated research project to measure the carbon bilance of the Pianosa island. Journal of Mediterranean Ecology 5: 5-13

Del Galdo I., Six J., Peressotti A., Cotrufo M. F. (2003) Assessing the impact of land use change on soil C sequestration in agricultural soils by means of organic matter fractionation and stable C isotopes. Global Change Biology, 9:1204-1213

Calabritto F., Del Galdo I., De Angelis P., Ball A. S., Coppola E., Strumia S., Cotrufo M. F. (2002) Long-term responses to elevated CO2 of the soil environment in a Mediterranean Macchia ecosystem. Journal of Mediterranean Ecology. 3:23-27

Sabbarese C., Stellato L., Cotrufo M. F.,  D'Onofrio A., Ermice A.,  Terrasi F., Alfieri S..(2002). Transfer of 137Cs and 60Co from irrigation water to a soil-tomato plant system. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 61:21-31

Sabbarese C., Stellato L., Cotrufo M. F.,  D'Onofrio A., Ermice A., Lubritto C.,  Terrasi F., Alfieri S., Migliore G. (2002).Dependence of radionuclide transfer factor on plant growth stage. Environmental Modelling and Software, 17:545-551

Norby R.J., Cotrufo M. F., Ineson P, O'Neill E.G. Canadell J.G. (2001) Elevated CO2, litter quality and decomposition: A synthesis. Oecologia. 127: 153-165

Restieri R., Gagliardi G, De Biasio G., Cotrufo M. F., Gianfrani L (2001) High precision measurements of CO2 concentration  in air by means of diode-laser absorption spectroscopy near 2 µm. In: Water, Ground and Air Pollution Monitoring and Remediation. Eds T. Vo-Dinh, R.L. Spellicy. Proc. SPIE Vol.4199:124-129.

Gagliardi G., Restieri R., De Biasio G., De Natale P., Cotrufo M. F., and Gianfrani L. (2001) Quantitative diode laser absorption spectroscopy near 2 µm with high precision measurements of CO2 concentration. Review of Scientific Instruments, 72:4228-4233

Cotrufo M. F.2 affect wood decomposition? Plant and Soil. 224:51-57.

Gorissen A. and Cotrufo M. F. (2000) Decomposition of leaf and root tissue of three perennial grass species grown at two levels of atmospheric CO2 and N supply. Plant and Soil. 224:75-84.

Cotrufo M. F., Miller M. and  Zeller B. (2000) Litter decomposition. In: Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in European Forest Ecosystems. Ed. E. D. Schulze. pp. 276-296. Series in Ecology Book Vol. 142, Springer-Verlag, Berlino.

Cotrufo M. F., Raschi A., Lanini M. and Ineson P. (1999) Decomposition and nutrient dynamics of Quercus pubescens leaf litter in a naturally enriched CO2 Mediterranean ecosystem. Functional Ecology, 13: 343-351.

Gorissen A. and Cotrufo M. F. (1999) Elevated CO2 and nitrogen dynamics in grasses with emphasis on rhizosphere processes. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 63:1695-1702

Cotrufo M. F., Ineson P., Scott A (1998)  Elevated CO2 reduces the nitrogen concentration of plant tissues. Global Change Biology, 4:43-54

Cotrufo M. F., Briones M.J.I. and Ineson P. (1998) Elevated CO2 affects field decomposition rate and palatability of tree leaf litter: importance of changes in substrate quality. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 30:1565-1571

Cotrufo M. F., Berg B. and Kratz. W (1998) Increased atmospheric CO2 and litter quality. Environmental Reviewsi, 6:1-12

Norby R. and Cotrufo M. F. (1998) Global Change: A question of litter quality. Nature 396:17-18

Cotrufo M. F.and Gorissen A. (1997) Elevated CO2 enhances below-ground C allocation in three perennial grass species at different levels N availability. The New Phytologist, 137:421-431.

Cotrufo M. F. and Ineson P. (1996) Elevated CO2 reduces field decomposition rates of Betula pendula Roth. leaf litter. Oecologia, 106 :525-530.

Ineson P., Cotrufo M. F. Bol R., Harkness D.D and Blum H. (1996) Quantification of soil C input under elevated CO2: C3 plants in a C4 soil. Plant and Soil, 187 :345-350.

Cotrufo M. F. and Ineson P. (1995). Effects of enanched atmospheric CO2 and nutrient status on the decomposition of fine roots of Betula pendula Roth. and Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carr. Plant and Soil, 170:267-277.

Cotrufo M. F., Virzo De Santo A., Alfani A., Bartoli G. and De Cristoforo A. (1995). Effects of urban heavy metal pollution on organic matter decomposition in Quercus ilex woods. Environmental Pollution, 89:81-87.

Cotrufo M. F., Ineson P. and Roberts J.D. (1995). Decomposition of birch leaf litters with varying C-to-N ratios. Soil Biology and Biochemistry,  27:1219-1221

Cotrufo M. F., Ineson P. and Rowland A.P. (1994). Decomposition of tree leaf litters grown under elevated CO2: effect of litter quality. Plant and Soil. 163:121-130.