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Forests 2017, 8(9), 330; doi:10.3390/f8090330

The Potential of Juniperus thurifera to Sequester Carbon in Semi-Arid Forest Soil in Spain

Area de Didáctica de las Ciencias Experimentales, Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid 47011, Spain
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Received: 20 July 2017 / Revised: 31 August 2017 / Accepted: 2 September 2017 / Published: 6 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Collection Forests Carbon Fluxes and Sequestration)
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The main purpose of this work is to show the influence of vegetation in the storage and stabilisation of organic carbon in semi-arid Juniperus thurifera (J. thurifera) forest soil in central Spain. The variability of the organic matter storage with factors such as sex, trunk diameter and the protection of the canopy of the tree has been analysed. The distribution of the soil organic carbon (SOC) into different fractions has also been determined, in order to estimate the stability of the organic matter. The results show that the SOC concentration has no dependence on the sex of the tree, but it increases with the diameter of the trunk and under the protection of the tree canopy. This study found that the organic matter of the J. thurifera forest soil has a high proportion of recalcitrant organic fraction, humin, which suggests that, given its organic matter stability, J. thurifera forest soils could be a real carbon sink. Consequently, the conservation of this type of old forest ecosystem is important for promoting carbon sequestration. View Full-Text
Keywords: Juniperus thurifera; forest soils; organic carbon stability; humus fractions Juniperus thurifera; forest soils; organic carbon stability; humus fractions
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Charro, E.; Moyano, A.; Cabezón, R. The Potential of Juniperus thurifera to Sequester Carbon in Semi-Arid Forest Soil in Spain. Forests 2017, 8, 330.

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