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Carbon Dynamics in the Tropics
Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America
  • Ann E. Russell, Iowa State University
  • James W. Raich, Iowa State University
  • Ricardo Bedoya Arrieta, Organization for Tropical Studies
  • Oscar Valverde-Barrantes, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • Eugenio González, Texas A & M University - San Isidro de Peñas Blancas
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Native tree species differed in their effects on above- and belowground carbon stocks and fluxes in these 16-yr-old experimental plantations at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. Results were explained primarily by differences in growth rates, C allocation, turnover rates, and tissue chemistry. In this experiment established in an abandoned pasture, all five tree species had attained biomass amounts similar to that of nearby mature forest, whereas the abandoned pasture control remained in arrested succession. Carbon sequestration averaged 5.2 Mg∙ha-1∙yr-1 across species, close to the annual per capita fossil-fuel use in the United States of 5.3 Mg C.

This article is from Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 91: 224, doi:10.1890/0012-9623-91.2.224. Posted with permission.

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Ann E. Russell, James W. Raich, Ricardo Bedoya Arrieta, Oscar Valverde-Barrantes, et al.. "Carbon Dynamics in the Tropics" Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 91 Iss. 2 (2010) p. 224 - 225
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