How Much CO2 Comes from Longleaf Pine Forest Soils, and Why?
- Understanding natural CO2 emissions is essential for regulation of human-controlled CO2 emissions
- Soil respiration was responsible for roughly half of total CO2 emissions from frequently burned longleaf pine forests
- CO2 emissions increased during periods of unusually warm or dry weather
- Longleaf pine forests growing on moist soils increased in carbon storage over six years, but forests on drier soils did not
Wiesner, S., C. L. Staudhammer, H. W. Loescher, A. Baron-Lopez, L. R. Boring, R. J. Mitchell, and G. Starr. 2018. Interactions among abiotic drivers, disturbance and gross ecosystem carbon exchange on soil respiration from subtropical pine savannas. Ecosystems, 20 pp. doi.org/10.1007/s10021-018-0246-0.
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