•Chinese pine forest had higher winter soil CO2 flux than larch forest.•Snow depth and inorganic N did not explain the differences in winter CO2 flux.•Soil microbes explained the differences in winter CO2 flux between the two sites.•Litter layer was important to winter CO2 flux, especially when snow depth was <30 cm.
Forest Ecology and Management – Elsevier
Published: Feb 1, 2018
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