Huo C, Luo Y, Cheng WX. 2017. Rhizosphere priming effect: A meta-analysis. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 111: 78-84. PDF

Tian QX, He H, Cheng WX, Bai Z, Wang Y, Zhang XD. 2016. Factors controlling soil organiccarbon stability along a temperateforest altitudinal gradient. Scientific Reports DOI: 10.1038/srep18783. PDF

Pausch J, Loeppmann S, Kühnel A, Forbush K, Kuzyakov Y, Cheng WX. 2016. Rhizosphere priming of barley with and without root hairs. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 100: 74-82. PDF

Tian Q, Liu N, Bai W, Li L, Chen JQ, Reich PB, Yu Q, Guo DL, Smith MD, Knapp AK, Cheng WX, Lu P, Gao Y, Yang A, Wang T, Li X, Wang Z, Ma Y, Han XG, Zhang WH. 2016. A novel soil manganese mechanism drives plant species loss withincreased nitrogen deposition in a temperate steppe. Ecology 97(1): 65–74. PDF

Lin J, Zhu B, Cheng WX.2015. Decadally-cycling soil carbon is more sensitive to warming than faster-cycling soil carbon. Global Change Biology21: 4602–4612. Pang XY, Zhu B, Lu X, Cheng WX. 2015. Labile substrate availability controls temperature sensitivity of organic carbon decomposition at different soil depths. Biogeochemistry126:85–98. DPF

Bai W, Guo D, Tian Q, N. Liu N, Cheng WX, Li L,Zhang WH. 2015. Differential responses of grasses and forbs led tomarked reduction in below-ground productivity intemperate steppe following chronic N deposition. Journal of Ecology 103: 1570–1579. PDF

Concilio A, Vargas T, Cheng WX. 2015. Rhizosphere-mediated effects of the invasive grass Bromus tectorum L. and native Elymuselymoides on nitrogen cycling in Great Basin Desert soils. Plant and Soil 393: 245-257. PDF

Cheng WX, Parton WJ, Gonzalez-Meler MA et al, 2014. Tansley Review: Synthesis and modeling perspectives of rhizosphere priming. New Phytologist 201: 31-44. PDF

Wang C, Wang X, Liu D, Wu H, Lü X, Fang Y, Cheng WX, et al. 2014. Aridity threshold in controlling ecosystem nitrogen cycling in arid and semi-arid grasslands. Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5799. PDF

Zhu B, Gutknecht JLM, Herman DJ, Keck DC, Firestone MK, Cheng WX. 2014. Rhizosphere priming effects on soil carbon and nitrogen mineralization. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 76: 183-192. PDF

Tian QX, He HB, Cheng WX, Zhang XD. 2014. Pulse-dynamic and monotonic decline patterns of soil respiration in long term laboratory microcosms. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 68: 329-336. PDF

Pausch J, Zhu B, Kuzyakov Y, Cheng WX. 2013. Plant inter-species effects on rhizosphere priming of soil organic matter decomposition, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 57: 91-99. PDF

Zhu B, Cheng WX. 2013. Impacts of drying–wetting cycles on rhizosphere respiration and soil organic matter decomposition. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 63: 89-96. PDF

Pang X, Bao W, Zhu B, Cheng WX. 2013. Responses of soil respiration and its temperature sensitivity to thinning in a pine plantation, Agricultural & Forest Meteorology 171: 57-64. PDF

Xu Z, Wan S, Ren H, Han X, Li M, Cheng WX, Jiang Y. 2012. Effects of water and nitrogen addition on species turnover in temperate grasslands in Northern China. PLoS ONE 7: e39762. PDF

Zhu B, Cheng WX. 2012. Nodulated soybean enhances rhizosphere priming on soil organic matter decomposition more than non-nodulated soybean, Soil Biology & Biochemistry 51: 56-65. PDF

Zhu B, Cheng WX. 2011. Rhizosphere priming effect increases the temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition. Global Change Biology 17: 2172-2183. PDF

Zhu B, Cheng WX. 2011. Constant and diurnally-varying temperature regimes lead to different temperature sensitivities of soil organic carbon decomposition. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 43: 866-869. PDF

Zhu B, Cheng WX. 2011. 13C isotope fractionation during rhizosphere respiration of C3 and C4 plants. Plant & Soil 342: 277-287. PDF

Xu, Y., J. He, W. Cheng, X. Xing, L. Li. 2010. Natural 15N abundance in soils and plants in relation to N cycling in a rangeland in Inner Mongolia. Journal of Plant Ecology 3:201-207. PDF

Walker, R.F., W. Cheng, D.W. Johnson. 2010. Mycorrhization of ponderosa pine in a second-growth Sierra Nevada forest. Western North American Naturalist 70:1-8. PDF

Cheng, W. 2009. Rhizosphere priming effect: Its functional relationships with microbial turnover, evapotranspiration, and C-N budgets. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 41:1795-1801. PDF

Cheng, W., Q. Chen, Y. Xu, X. Han, L. Li. 2009. Climate and ecosystem 15N natural abundance along a transect of Inner Mongolian grasslands: Contrasting regional patterns and global patterns. Global Biogeochemical Cycles doi:10.1029/2008GB003315. PDF

Dijkstra, F.A., N.E. Bader, D.W. Johnson, W. Cheng. 2009. Does accelerated soil organic matter decomposition in the presence of plants increase plant N availability? Soil Biology & Biochemistry 41:1080-1087. PDF

Gershenson, A., N.E. Bader, W. Cheng. 2009. Effects of substrate availability on the temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition. Global Change Biology 15:176-183. PDF


Dijkstra, F.A., W. Cheng. 2008. Increased soil moisture content increases plant N uptake and the abundance of 15N in plant biomass. Plant and Soil 302:263-271. PDF

Xu, Y., S. Wan, W. Cheng, L. Li. 2008. Impacts of grazing intensity on denitrification and N2O production in a semi-arid grassland ecosystem. Biogeochemistry 88:103-115. PDF


Bader, N.E., W. Cheng. 2007. Rhizosphere priming effect of Populus fremontii obscures the temperature sensitivity of soil organic carbon respiration. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 39:600-606. PDF

Cheng, W., F.A. Dijkstra. 2007. Theoretical proof and empirical validation of a continuous labeling method using naturally 13C-depleted carbon dioxide. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 49:401-407. PDF

Cheng, W., A. Gershenson. 2007. Carbon fluxes in the rhizosphere. In: Cardon, Z.G., J.L. Whitbeck (eds.) The Rhizosphere - An Ecological Perspective, pp. 31-56. Academic Press, San Diego, CA. PDF

Dijkstra, F.A., W. Cheng. 2007. Interactions between soil and tree roots accelerate long-term soil carbon decomposition. Ecology Letters 10:1046-1053. PDF

Dijkstra, F.A., W. Cheng. 2007. Moisture modulates rhizosphere effects on C decomposition in two different soil types. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 39:2264-2274. PDF

Johnson, D.W., F.A. Dijkstra, W. Cheng. 2007. The effects of Glycine max and Helianthus annuus on nutrient availability in two soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 39:2160-2163. PDF

Pasakdee, S., G. Ba˝uelos, C. Shennan, W. Cheng. 2007. Organic N fertilizers and irrigation influence organic Broccoli production in two regions of California. Journal of Vegetable Science 12:27-46.

Xu, Y., L. Li, Q. Wang, Q. Chen, W. Cheng. 2007. The pattern between nitrogen mineralization and grazing intensities in an Inner Mongolian typical steppe. Plant and Soil 300:289-300. PDF

Zhan, X., L. Li and W. Cheng. 2007. Restore degraded Stipa krylovii steppes in Inner Mongolia of China: Assess seed banks and vegetation composition. Journal of Arid Environments 69:298-307. PDF


Dijkstra, F.A., W. Cheng, D.W. Johnson. 2006. Plant biomass influences rhizosphere priming effects on soil organic matter decomposition in two differently managed soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 38:2519-2526. PDF

Misson, L., A. Gershenson, J. Tang, R. Boniello, M. McKay, W. Cheng, A. Goldstein. 2006. Influences of canopy photosynthesis and summer rain pulses on root dynamics and soil respiration in a young ponderosa pine forest. Tree Physiology 26:833-844. PDF


Cheng, W., S. Fu, R.B. Susfalk, R.J. Mitchell. 2005. Measuring tree root respiration using 13C natural abundance: rooting medium matters. New Phytologist 167:297-307. PDF

Cheng, W., L.F. Jiang. 2005. Ecosystem processes belowground.  In Chen, J. et al. (eds.) Challenges Facing Ecologists: Questions and Approaches, pp. 40-67. Higher Education Press, Beijing, China.

Cheng, W., Y. Kuzyakov. 2005. Root effects on soil organic matter decomposition. In: Zobel, R.W., S.F. Wright (eds.) Roots and Soil Management: Interactions between Roots and the Soil, Agronomy Monograph No. 48, pp. 119-143. ASA-CSSA-SSSA, Madison, WI. PDF

Tang, J., L. Misson, A. Gershenson, W. Cheng, A.H. Goldstein. 2005. Continuous measurements of soil respiration with and without roots in a ponderosa pine plantation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 132:212-227. PDF

Wang, Z., X. Han, L. Li, Q. Chen, Y. Duan, W. Cheng. 2005. Methane emission from small wetlands and implications for semiarid region budgets. Journal of Geophysical Research doi:10.1029/2004JD005548. PDF


Fu, S., W. Cheng. 2004. Defoliation affects rhizosphere respiration and rhizosphere priming effect on decomposition of soil organic matter under a sunflower species: Helianthus annuus. Plant and Soil 263:345-352. PDF

Johnson, D.W., W. Cheng, J.D. Joslin, R.J. Norby, N.T. Edwards, D.E. Todd, Jr. 2004. Effects of elevated CO2 on nutrient cycling in a sweetgum plantation. Biogeochemistry 69:379-403. PDF

Kuzyakov, Y., W. Cheng. 2004. Photosynthesis controls of CO2 efflux from maize rhizosphere. Plant and Soil 263:85-99. PDF

Verburg, P.S.J., W. Cheng, D.W. Johnson, D.E. Schorran. 2004. Nonsymbiotic nitrogen fixation in three-year-old Jeffrey pines and the role of elevated CO2. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34:1979-1984. PDF


Cheng, W., D.W. Johnson, S. Fu. 2003. Rhizosphere effects on decomposition: controls of plant species, phenology, and fertilization. Soil Science Society of America Journal 67:1418-1427. PDF


Fu, S., W. Cheng. 2002. Rhizosphere priming effects on the decomposition of soil organic matter in C4 and C3 grassland soils. Plant and Soil 238:289-294. PDF

Fu, S., W. Cheng, R.B. Susfalk. 2002. Rhizosphere respiration varies with plant species and phenology: A greenhouse pot experiment. Plant and Soil 239:133-140. PDF

Hui, D., D.A. Sims, D.W. Johnson, W. Cheng, Y. Luo. 2002. Effects of gradual versus step increases in carbon dioxide on Plantago photosynthesis and growth in a microcosm study. Environmental and Experimental Botany 47:51-66. PDF

Norby, R.J., P.J. Hanson, E.G. O'Neill, T.J. Tschaplinski, J.F. Welztin, R.T. Hansen, W. Cheng, S.D. Wullschleger, C.A. Gunderson, N.T. Edwards, D.W. Johnson. 2002. Net primary productivity of a CO2-enriched deciduous forest and the implications for carbon storage. Ecological Applications 12:1261-1266. PDF

Susfalk, R.B., W. Cheng, D.W. Johnson, R.F. Walker, P. Verburg, S. Fu. 2002. Lateral diffusion and atmospheric CO2 mixing compromise estimates of rhizosphere respiration in a forest soil. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 32:1005-1015. PDF


Hui, D., Y. Luo, W. Cheng, J.S. Coleman, D.W. Johnson, D.A. Sims. 2001. Canopy radiation- and water-use efficiencies as affected by elevated [CO2]. Global Change Biology 7:75-91. PDF

Kuzyakov, Y., W. Cheng. 2001. Photosynthesis controls of rhizosphere respiration and organic matter decomposition. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 33:1915-1925. PDF


Bonkowski, M., W. Cheng, B.S. Griffiths, G. Alphei, S. Scheu. 2000. Microbial-faunal interactions in the rhizosphere and effects on plant growth. European Journal of Soil Biology 36:135-147. PDF

Cheng, W., D.A. Sims, Y. Luo, D.W. Johnson, J.T. Ball, J.S. Coleman. 2000. Carbon budgeting in plant-soil mesocosms under elevated CO2: locally missing carbon? Global Change Biology 6:99-110. PDF

Cheng, W., D.A. Sims, Y. Luo, J. S. Coleman, D.W. Johnson. 2000. Photosynthesis, respiration, and net primary production of sunflower stands in ambient and elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations: an invariant NPP:GPP ratio? Global Change Biology 6:931-942. PDF

Haile-Mariam, S., W. Cheng, D.W. Johnson, E.A. Paul. 2000. Use of carbon-13 and carbon-14 to measure effects of carbon dioxide and nitrogen fertilization on carbon dynamics in ponderosa pine. Soil Science Society of America Journal 64:1984-1992. PDF

Johnson, D.W., W. Cheng, J.T. Ball. 2000. Effects of [CO2] and N fertilization on soils planted with ponderosa pine. Plant and Soil 224:99-113. PDF

Johnson, D.W., W. Cheng, J.T. Ball. 2000. Effects of CO2 and N fertilization on decomposition and N immobilization in ponderosa pine litter. Plant and Soil 224:115-122. PDF

Johnson, D.W., W. Cheng, I.C. Burke. 2000. Biotic and abiotic nitrogen retention in a variety of forest soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal 64:1503-1514. PDF

Luo, Y., D. Hui, W. Cheng, J.S. Coleman, D.W. Johnson, D.A. Sims. 2000. Canopy quantum yield in a mesocosm study. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 100:35-48. PDF


Cheng, W. 1999. Rhizosphere feedbacks in elevated CO2. Tree Physiology 19:313-320. PDF

Cheng, W. 1999. Rhizosphere processes under elevated CO2. In Luo, Y., H.A. Mooney (eds.) Carbon Dioxide and Environmental Stress, pp. 245-263, Academic Press, San Diego, CA, USA..

Sims, D.A., W. Cheng, Y. Luo, J.R. Seemann. 1999. Photosynthetic acclimation to elevated CO2 in a sunflower canopy. Journal of Experimental Botany 50:645-653. PDF


Cheng, W., D.W. Johnson. 1998. Elevated CO2, rhizosphere processes, and soil organic matter decomposition. Plant and Soil 202:167-174. PDF

Cheng, W., R.A. Virginia, S.F. Oberbauer, J.D. Tenhunen, C.T. Gillespie, J.F. Reynolds. 1998. Soil nitrogen, microbial biomass and respiration along an arctic toposequence. Soil Science Society of America Journal 62:654-662. PDF


Cheng, W. 1996. Measurement of rhizosphere respiration and organic matter decomposition using natural 13C. Plant and Soil 183:263-268. PDF

Cheng, W., Q. Zhang, D.C. Coleman, C.R. Carroll, C.A. Hoffman. 1996. Is available carbon limiting microbial respiration in the rhizosphere? Soil Biology & Biochemistry 28:1283-1288. PDF

Holland, J.N., W. Cheng, D.A. Crossley, Jr. 1996. Herbivore-induced changes in plant carbon allocation: assessment of below-ground C fluxes using carbon-14. Oecologia 107:87-94. PDF

Oberbauer, S.F., C.T. Gillespie, W. Cheng, A. Sala, R. Gebauer, J.D. Tenhunen. 1996. Diurnal and seasonal patterns of ecosystem CO2 efflux from upland tundra in the foothills of the Brooks range, Alaska. Arctic and Alpine Research 28:328-338. PDF

Oberbauer, S.F., W. Cheng, C.T. Gillespie, C.T. Ostendoref, A. Sala, R Gebauer, R.A. Virginia, J.D. Tenhunen. 1996. Landscape patterns of carbon dioxide exchange in tundra ecosystems. In Reynolds, J.F., J.D. Tenhunen (eds.). Landscape Function and Disturbance in Arctic Tundra, Ecological Studies Series 120, pp. 223-252. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany.


Cheng, W., D.C. Coleman, C.R. Carroll, C.A. Hoffman. 1994. Investigating short-term carbon flows in the rhizospheres of different plant species using isotopic trapping. Agronomy Journal 86:782-788.


Cheng, W., D.C. Coleman, C.R. Carroll, C.A. Hoffman. 1993. In situ measurement of root respiration and soluble carbon concentrations in the rhizosphere. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 25:1189-1196. PDF

Cheng, W., R.A. Virginia. 1993. Measurement of microbial biomass in arctic tundra soils using fumigation-extraction and substrate-induced respiration procedures. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 25:135-141. PDF

Coleman, D.C., P.F. Hendrix, M.H. Beare, W. Cheng, D.A. Crossley, Jr. 1993. Microbial and faunal interactions as they affect soil organic matter dynamics in subtropical agroecosystems. In Paoletti, M.G., W. Foissner, D.C. Coleman (eds.) Soil Biota, Nutrient Cycling, and Farming Systems, pp. 1-14. Lewis, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.


Beare, M.H., R.W. Parmelee, P.F. Hendrix, W. Cheng, D.C. Coleman, D.A. Crossley, Jr. 1992. Microbial and faunal interactions and effects on litter nitrogen and decomposition in agroecosystems. Ecological Monographs 62:569-591. PDF

Cheng, W., X.G. Han. 1992. Recent development in agroecology. In Liu, J. et al. (eds.) Advances in Modern Ecology, pp. 143-162. China Science & Technology Press, Beijing, China.

Han, X.G., W. Cheng. 1992. The biochemical cycles of nutrient elements. In Liu, J. et al. (eds.) Advances in Modern Ecology, pp. 73-100. China Science & Technology Press, Beijing, China.

Liu, J., R. Wang, Z. Ouyang, S. Hu, Z. Huang, W. Cheng, Y. Wu (eds.). 1992. Advances in Modern Ecology. China Science and Technology Press, Beijing, China.

Oberbauer, S.F., C.T. Gillespie, W. Cheng, R. Gebauer, A. Sala Serra, J.D. Tenhunen. 1992. Environmental effects on CO2 efflux from riparian tundra in the northern foothills of the Brooks range, Alaska. Oecologia 92:568-577. PDF


Cheng, W., D.C. Coleman, J.E. Box, Jr. 1991. Measuring root turnover using the minirhizotron technique. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 34:261-267. PDF

Cheng, W., D.C. Coleman. 1991. Rhizosphere effect on soil organic matter decomposition. In D.L. Keister, P.B. Cregan (eds.) The Rhizosphere and Plant Growth, pp. 113. Beltsville Symposium in Agricultural Research, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, USA.

Berg, J.D., P.F. Hendrix, W. Cheng, A. Dillard. 1991. A labeling chamber for 13C enrichment of plant tissues for decomposition studies. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 34:421-425. PDF

Crossley, D.A., D.C. Coleman, P.F. Hendrix, W. Cheng, D.H. Wright, M.H. Beare, C.A. Edwards (eds.) 1991. Modern Techniques in Soil Ecology. Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Cheng, W., D.C. Coleman. 1990. Effect of living roots on soil organic matter decomposition. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 22:781-787. PDF

Cheng, W., D.C. Coleman, J.E. Box, Jr. 1990. Root dynamics, production and distribution in agroecosystems on the Georgia Piedmont using minirhizotrons. Journal of Applied Ecology 27:592-604. PDF

Parmelee, R.W., M.H. Beare, W. Cheng, P.F. Hendrix, S.J. Rider, D.A. Crossley, Jr., D.C. Coleman. 1990. Earthworms and enchytraeids in conventional and no-tillage agroecosystems: a biocide approach to assess their role in organic matter breakdown. Biology and Fertility of Soils 10:1-10. PDF


Cheng, W., D.C. Coleman. 1989. A simple method for measuring CO2 in a continuous air flow system: modifications to the substrate-induced respiration technique. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 21:385-388. PDF