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Review of Carbon Fixation in Bamboo Forests in China

Articles

Journal/Conference:

BOTANICAL REVIEW

Language:

English

Author:

Meng Cifu; Jiang Pekun

Experts:

Zhou Guomo; Xu Qiufang

Year:

2011

Volume:

77

Issue:

3

Pages:

262-270

Keywords:

Bamboo; Carbon Pool; Carbon Sequestration; Carbon Storage; Carbon Sink; China

Bamboo is widespread in the subtropics and tropics of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The total area of bamboo forests of various species is 22.0 x 10(6) ha, accounting for about 1.0% of the total global area of forest. Although the total forest areas in many countries have decreased drastically, bamboo forests have increased at a rate of 3% annually. China has the richest resources of bamboo in the world, with over 500 species in 39 genera. Carbon storage of vegetation, soils, and litter in bamboo forest system in China was 0.2511 x 10(15), 0.8516 x 10(15), and 0.0361 x 10(15) g C, respectively, giving a total of 1.1388 x 10(15) g C. This paper reviews carbon storage of vegetation, soils, and litter in bamboo forest system and compares the carbon fixation abilities of bamboo forest ecosystems with those of other tree species in subtropical China.