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Current and potential carbon stocks in Moso bamboo forests in China

Artículos

Revista/Conferencia:

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Language:

English

Autor:

Li Pingheng; Lu Dengsheng; Xu Xiaojun; Shi Yongjun; Zhou Yufeng

Experts:

Zhou Guomo; Du Huaqiang

Año:

2015

Volumen:

156

Número de páginas:

89-96

Palabras claves:

Carbon stock; Potential carbon storage; Moso bamboo; Bamboo product; Plantation

Bamboo forests provide important ecosystem services and play an important role in terrestrial carbon cycling. Of the approximately 500 bamboo species in China, Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens) is the most important one in terms of distribution, timber value, and other economic values. In this study, we estimated current and potential carbon stocks in China’s Moso bamboo forests and in their products. The results showed that Moso bamboo forests in China stored about 611.15 +/- 142.31 Tg C, 75% of which was in the top 60 cm soil, 22% in the biomass of Moso bamboos, and 3% in the ground layer (i.e., bamboo litter, shrub, and herb layers). Moso bamboo products store 10.19 +/- 2.54 Tg C per year. The potential carbon stocks reach 1331.4 +/- 325.1 Tg C, while the potential C stored in products is 29.22 +/- 7.31 Tg C a(-1). Our results indicate that Moso bamboo forests and products play a critical role in C sequestration. The information gained in this study will facilitate policy decisions concerning carbon sequestration and management of Moso bamboo forests in China. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.