Carbon Storage in a Eucalyptus Plantation Chronosequence in Southern China
AbstractPatterns of carbon (C) allocation across different stages of stand development in Eucalyptus urophylla × E. grandis plantations are not well understood. In this study, we examined biomass and mineral soil C content in five development stages (1, 2, 3, 4–5, and 6–8 years old) of a Eucalyptus stand in southern China. The tree biomass C pool increased with stand age and showed a high annual rate of accumulation. Stems accounted for the highest proportion of biomass C sequestered. The C pool in mineral soil increased initially after afforestation and then declined gradually, with C density decreasing with soil depth. The upper 50 cm of soil contained the majority (57%–68%) of sequestered C. The other biomass components (shrubs, herbaceous plants, litter, and fine roots) accounted for <5% of the total ecosystem C pool. Total C pools in the Eucalyptus plantation ecosystem were 112.9, 172.5, 203.8, 161.1, and 162.7 Mg ha−1 in the five developmental stages, respectively, with most of the C sequestered below ground. We conclude that Eucalyptus plantations have considerable biomass C sequestration potential during stand development. View Full-Text
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Du, H.; Zeng, F.; Peng, W.; Wang, K.; Zhang, H.; Liu, L.; Song, T. Carbon Storage in a Eucalyptus Plantation Chronosequence in Southern China. Forests 2015, 6, 1763-1778.
Du H, Zeng F, Peng W, Wang K, Zhang H, Liu L, Song T. Carbon Storage in a Eucalyptus Plantation Chronosequence in Southern China. Forests. 2015; 6(6):1763-1778.Chicago/Turabian Style
Du, Hu; Zeng, Fuping; Peng, Wanxia; Wang, Kelin; Zhang, Hao; Liu, Lu; Song, Tongqing. 2015. "Carbon Storage in a Eucalyptus Plantation Chronosequence in Southern China." Forests 6, no. 6: 1763-1778.