Elizabeth L. Rieke, Soil Health Institute
Shannon B. Cappellazzi, Soil Health Institute
Michael Cope, Soil Health Institute
Daniel Liptzin, Soil Health Institute
Gregory Mac Bean, Soil Health Institute
Kelsey L.H. Greub, Soil Health Institute
Charlotte E. Norris, Soil Health Institute
Paul W. Tracy, Soil Health Institute
Ezra Aberle, North Dakota State University
Amanda Ashworth, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Oscar Bañuelos Tavarez, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
Andy I. Bary, Washington State University
Roland L. Baumhardt, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Alberto Borbón Gracia, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias
Daniel C. Brainard, Michigan State University
Jameson R. Brennan, South Dakota State University
Dolores Briones Reyes, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias
Darren Bruhjell, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Cameron N. Carlyle, University of Alberta
James J.W. Crawford, University of Missouri
Cody F. Creech, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Steve W. Culman, The Ohio State University
Bill Deen, University of Guelph
Curtis J. Dell, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Justin D. Derner, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Thomas F. Ducey, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Sjoerd W. Duiker, The Pennsylvania State University
Miles F. Dyck, University of Alberta
Benjamin H. Ellert, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Avelino Espinosa Solorio, Sustentabilidad Agropecuaria Querétaro
Steven J. Fonte, Colorado State University
Simon Fonteyne, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
Ann-Marie Fortuna, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Jamie L. Foster, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Lisa M. Fultz, Louisiana State University
Audrey V. Gamble, Auburn University
Charles M. Geddes, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Deirdre Griffin-LaHue, Washington State University
John H. Grove, University of KentuckyFollow
Stephen K. Hamilton, Michigan State University
Xiying Hao, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Zachary D. Hayden, Michigan State University
Nora Honsdorf, Kiel University
Julie A. Howe, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
James A. Ippolito, Colorado State University
Gregg A. Johnson, University of Minnesota
Mark A. Kautz, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Newell R. Kitchen, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Sandeep Kumar, South Dakota State University
Kirsten S.M. Kurtz, Cornell University
Francis J. Larney, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Katie L. Lewis, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Matt Liebman, Iowa State University
Antonio Lopez Ramirez, Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Agropecuario
Stephen Machado, Oregon State University
Bijesh Maharjan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Miguel Angel Martinez Gamiño, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias
William E. May, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Mitchel P. McClaran, University of Arizona
Marshall D. McDaniel, Iowa State University
Neville Millar, Michigan State University
Jeffrey P. Mitchell, University of California, Davis
Amber D. Moore, Oregon State University
Philip A. Moore, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Manuel Mora Gutiérrez, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias
Kelly A. Nelson, University of Missouri
Emmanuel C. Omondi, Tennessee State UniversityFollow
Shannon L. Osborne, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Leodegario Osorio Alcalá, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias
Philip Owens, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Eugenia M. Pena-Yewtukhiw, West Virginia University
Hanna J. Poffenbarger, University of Kentucky
Brenda Ponce Lira, Universidad Politécnica de Francisco I. Madero
Jennifer R. Reeve, Utah State University
Timothy M. Reinbott, University of Missouri
Mark S. Reiter, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Edwin L. Ritchey, University of Kentucky
Kraig L. Roozeboom, Kansas State University
Yichao Rui, Rodale InstituteFollow
Amir Sadeghpour, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Upendra M. Sainju, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Gregg R. Sanford, University of Wisconsin-Madison
William F. Schillinger, Washington State University
Robert R. Schindelbeck, Cornell University
Meagan E. Schipanski, Colorado State University
Alan J. Schlegel, Kansas State University
Kate M. Scow, University of California, Davis
Lucretia A. Sherrod, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Amy L. Shober, University of Delaware
Sudeep S. Sidhu, University of Florida
Ernesto Solís Moya, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias
Mervin St Luce, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Jeffrey S. Strock, University of Minnesota
Andrew E. Suyker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Virginia R. Sykes, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Haiying Tao, Washington State University
Alberto Trujillo Campos, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias
Laura L. Van Eerd, University of Guelph
Nele Verhulst, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
Tony J. Vyn, Purdue University
Yutao Wang, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dexter B. Watts, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Bryan B. William, West Virginia University
David L. Wright, University of Florida
Tiequan Zhang, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Cristine L.S. Morgan, Soil Health Institute
C. Wayne Honeycutt, Soil Health Institute

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Potential carbon mineralization (Cmin) is a commonly used indicator of soil health, with greater Cmin values interpreted as healthier soil. While Cmin values are typically greater in agricultural soils managed with minimal physical disturbance, the mechanisms driving the increases remain poorly understood. This study assessed bacterial and archaeal community structure and potential microbial drivers of Cmin in soils maintained under various degrees of physical disturbance. Potential carbon mineralization, 16S rRNA sequences, and soil characterization data were collected as part of the North American Project to Evaluate Soil Health Measurements (NAPESHM). Results showed that type of cropping system, intensity of physical disturbance, and soil pH influenced microbial sensitivity to physical disturbance. Furthermore, 28% of amplicon sequence variants (ASVs), which were important in modeling Cmin, were enriched under soils managed with minimal physical disturbance. Sequences identified as enriched under minimal disturbance and important for modeling Cmin, were linked to organisms which could produce extracellular polymeric substances and contained metabolic strategies suited for tolerating environmental stressors. Understanding how physical disturbance shapes microbial communities across climates and inherent soil properties and drives changes in Cmin provides the context necessary to evaluate management impacts on standardized measures of soil microbial activity.