Talk:Carbon cycle

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the Verticillium page looks pretty good. Remember to italicize the genus, though Njblackburn 16:46, 22 March 2008 (UTC)


Hey, guys. I just finished the Verticillium page. There are many information about it regarding the genome structure. So I took it off. any suggestiong on the page? Feili 16:03, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

Thanks partner! I like the page too. Thanks for doing the proofreading. I think it is magnificent =) Jmmullane 03:32, 21 March 2008 (UTC)


Oh: I e-mailed Irina last night, and she said that you and I don't need to worry about the Verticillium page, that it's up to Fei. Just thought I'd let you know.Njblackburn 15:35, 20 March 2008 (UTC)


Hey Jess: the page is looking really good. What is there left to do (other than the Verticillium page)?Njblackburn 04:39, 20 March 2008 (UTC)



Great job, nice graphics. I have couple minor suggestions: I think this sentense "The major function of microbes in the Carbon Cycle is as decomposers-- degraders of complex organic molecules that would otherwise permanently sequester carbon." needs to be reworded to make it more clear what would happen otherwise... Also when you say "These decomposers also release CO2, contributing to the rising concentration in the atmosphere." this suggests that in general the CO2 is the final byproduct of all the biodegradations. you may want to mention that that is not always the case.

I re-worded the one sentence and qualified the other. Thanks for the input! Njblackburn 19:58, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

This page is beautiful! I absolutely love the images of compound types. Great job! There may be a couple places which may need citations throughout the body of the page. Looks super!

Hey Guys! The page is looking good! I really liked the links you included to the Nitrogen Cycle page. Here are a few more suggestions: 1. Name some of the enzymes responsible for breaking down different types of Carbon chains and provide links to wikipidia for them. 2. Provide quantitative information relating to the relative affect of each greenhouse gas relative to others - how much impact does each molecule have? Relative abundance in the atmosphere would be useful as well. 3. I'm a little confused as to why you have a Nitrious Oxide section on a carbon page. 4. The first time you use a chemical formula in a section (ex: CaCO3 under the Acid Rain section), give us the written name of the compound (Calcium Carbonate). 5. For each step in the Carbon Cycle, provide us with chemical formulas and energy budgets. 6. It would be useful to interlink how different levels of carbon complexity affect other organisms in the soil. What is the significance of breaking down these large chains? I really like the diagrams on this page, they make your discriptions very clear. Additionally, I like the method of citation used on this page. I think this page is coming along well. Metotman 21:34, 15 March 2008 (UTC)



Great job!! However, I make two suggestions. Why don’t you guys add chemical reaction equations related to decomposition of various carbon sources?. Additionally, you mentioned intermediates produced from complex substrates though, I’d like you to put metabolic pathway diagram on your page in order to explain how these intermediates are involved in metabolic pathways. Sungho 20:07, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


"Thank you for the suggestion. I added some diagrams from Chapter 13 from the textbook. Enjoy!"Jmmullane 03:43, 15 March 2008 (UTC)


What ever happened to the Verticillium page? Jaime set it up, and I don't think she should be the one to have to fill it in. Come on other group people! Help us out! Jmmullane 06:56, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


Looks good. In general, though, you have not cited of your work.

"I went back and cited as much of the material as I could. Some of the sections were written by other people in my group, so I cited to them to the best of my abilities. If I have mis-referenced anything, please let me know." Jmmullane 20:33, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


The references section needs some reformatting as well.

If you have any specific suggestions on what needs reformatting and how we should go about it, I would be happy to entertain them. Jmmullane 06:41, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

The list in the Humus section needs clarification.

Methane is produced by carbon dioxide reduction (anaerobic respiration) and acetate fermentation (fermentation), not always by C02 reduction. You indicate this, but also say that methanogenesis is always anaerobic respiration. Icclark 05:51, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


Whoa!! Great Page...NEXT LEVEL!!!! my eyes are poppin out. i am not gonna pick nits. Congrats your page is very handsome Pbwebb 04:43, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


Hey dudes: we still need a microbe page and 2 more current research papers!Njblackburn 04:15, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


Also, I went through and subscripted (thanks for the note!), but if you notice any that I missed, feel free to fix them.Njblackburn 04:17, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


I thought you guys did a great job too! I really liked the images. I think you guys should check for a couple of typos and that the "what organic matter does in the soil" section could be expanded a little, like how those effects work. -AnnieAebellows 03:25, 14 March 2008 (UTC) ----

Very nice work!! It could be important to complement this good information with issues associated with the carbon cycle in the oceanEgrgutierrez 03:19, 14 March 2008 (UTC)----

Maybe you guys could talk more about acid rain. The causes, short term effects, long term effects... -david la````Dtla 02:51, 14 March 2008 (UTC) "Thanks for the suggestion. I added some more info about acid rain. I hope you find it satisfactory!" Jmmullane 06:36, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

-I really love your first image! The quotes below are copied from your site and pasted here so you'd understand my comments: -“Humus is composed mainly of humin, humic acid, and fulvic acid.”- I think humin, humic acid, and fulvic acid are more chemical extraction products of humus, rather than actual components of humus…. I’m not sure if this would be better rephrased?? … -Under the “humics” section, you have a list of effects of humus to soil…this is also in the previous section…Not sure if you meant to do that? I would suggest eliminating the list in the humics section and just have the other list. One more suggestion may be to add images of the different carbon compounds you discuss- just a thought... Overall really great job- The page looks terrific! -Heather


Page is great, the diagram on the greenhouse effect really helped solidify the information, and can help those who are not yet familiar with this environmental problem. Njppatel 18:20, 13 March 2008 (UTC)


Looks great, perhaps you could add a section on ecological significance of the carbon cycleNjppatel 18:18, 13 March 2008 (UTC)


Your page looks good and well organize. To make the subscirpt font, < sub >your text< /sub >, do not for get to delete space between them when you use. Tantayotai 00:26, 13 March 2008 (UTC)


I've added a link to a blank page on Verticillium (under chitin degradation). And I'm certainly not going to stay up to fill the whole thing in. Njblackburn 06:51, 11 March 2008 (UTC)


So, what happened to group member #4? And who was in charge of our microbe page that we had to write? I feel that I've done more than my share (thanks Jess for filling in so much, too). Njblackburn 06:11, 11 March 2008 (UTC)


I would modify the heading of Decomposition of organic..... to include "and the microorganisms involved" Then you can include some info on the players in each category if there is specific info available AND make nice links to the existing microbe pages. There should be a lot of these pages.

This way you can eliminate the section on just microbes and integrate it into each important process. If there are no really specific organisms, e.g. with the sugars section, you can just say that metabolism of these compounds is by a broad group of microorganisms.

Kate Scow 01:55, 10 March 2008 (UTC) ----

Kate Scow 01:45, 10 March 2008 (UTC)


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Ok, guys: we need to do this wiki. I'm sorry that I haven't gotten to it until today, but I don't any other effort here either. I'm going to work through some of it, but what I leave undone had better get done by tomorrow. Njblackburn 19:37, 9 March 2008 (UTC)


I would suggest not breaking out geo/bio/hydro/atmosphere unless you really want to go into detail about this. Please include the 2 main sections in the lecture:

  1. Decomposition of organic matter--

and then cover all the different chemical components of plant materials e.g. monomers, cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, etc

  1. Formation of humic substances

Kate Scow


You might want to link the microbial types directly to the processes rather than split it out alone.

E.g. cellulose decomposition is where you would discuss a little about the organisms involved and you can link this to the organisms already listed in the wiki. A lot of these organisms start with "cellu"

Kate Scow


You don't need to have an Edits and Dates section at the end either - all this information is collected under "History". I noticed you wrote "Jaime and Alex". I can see that Jaime made edits but not Alex. So please make sure you log in yourselves when editing, so that we can attribute work - Irina C 22:52, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

Good start - You don't need to have a list of your sections at the start of your page because a content list is automatically generated if you use heading formats for the title of each section. Also you used internal link formatting for the items in "List of Topics". You only need to do this if you are creating new pages for each item - this would make sense if we were going to add a lot of detail. Instead each item is just a section within your page, so does not require a link to its own page.

Irina C 22:22, 10 February 2008 (UTC)


Has anyone seen the template for our page we need to write about a microbe? Jess and I have gone through and put in a bunch of links, but I'm not sure how to create an entirely new page. (~Jaime)


Could you make the pictures smaller. Those pictures are really pretty.